Alexander Hamilton Papers

From Alexander Hamilton to James Duane, [14 September 1783]

To James Duane

[Albany, September 14, 1783]

Dr. Sir

The enclosed was delivered me by Doctr. Schuyler1 with a request to transmit it to one of the delegates of the state for patronage. He assures me that what he asks has been done in similar cases; particularly for some Hospital surgeons belonging to the State of Pensylvania. If so there will prob⟨ably⟩ be no difficulty in the case. I beg l⟨eave⟩ to recommend it to your attention.

Doctor Schuyler has served with reputation and deserves well of the public; as I am informed from authority which I credit.

I have the honor to be D Sir   Yr. Obed serv.

A Hamilton

The Honble Mr. Duane

ALS, Papers of the Continental Congress, National Archives.

1Nicholas Schuyler was appointed a surgeon’s mate in the general hospital of the Northern Department in January, 1777. In June, 1778, he was appointed surgeon to the regiment commanded by Colonel Moses Hazen. Schuyler petitioned Congress for the depreciation of his pay while he was regimental surgeon. His memorial is in the Papers of the Continental Congress, National Archives.

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