From Sands, Livingston and Company1
Fishkill [New York] Septemr. 25th. 1782
Mr. Morris for want of Specie, has put into our hands his Bills on John Swanwick in order to exchange for the Specie as it is Collected in the States eastward of New Jersey. The Bills are made payable at different Periods; some Jany, some Feby & so on; he has engaged us that they shall be exchanged for Specie in any Collectors hands; & that he had wrote all his receivers on that Subject. His view ⟨in⟩ making them payable sometime hence was to prevent their returning speedily to him. Mr Hoofman the Treasurer of this County2 has made some difficulty about exchanging them. We promised to write you, & the State Treasurer on that head; & we wish you to declare in some public manner your approbation of the Notes being exchanged; as it will relieve us in our present distress, & answer the purpose Mr. Morris expected.
We are Sir, your most obedt. & very hbl Servt.
Sands Livingston & Co
Alexr. Hamilton Esqr
ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.
1. See Robert Morris to H, April 15, July 19, and August 29, 1782, for a discussion of the bills mentioned here. For information on Sands, Livingston and Company, see letters to and from Comfort Sands, dated June 23, July 8, 1782.
2. This was probably Colonel R. Hoffman, treasurer of Dutchess County (see endorsement on H to the County Treasurers of the State of New York, August 5, 1782).