Alexander Hamilton Papers

From Alexander Hamilton to Major Sebastian Bauman, [13 April 1781]

To Major Sebastian Bauman1

[New Windsor, New York, April 13, 1781]

My Dr. friend

You have intirely misunderstood me. I said I knew you too well not to be convinced, that you would give fair play;2 that is in other words my knowlege of you convinced me that you would give fair play. You seem to have taken it in a different sense. Permit me to say this was not well done; for my friendship for you as well as the whole complexion of my letter ought to have saved me from the suspicion of any ill-meaning. Let any body read my letter who is well acquainted with the English language and he will tell you that what I said has a meaning quite the reverse of what you have supposed.

I am Yr. friend & serv

A Hamilton

ALS, New-York Historical Society, New York City.

1For background to this letter, see H to Bauman, February 14, 1781, and April 13, 1781.

2This statement appears in H to Bauman, April 13, 1781.

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