Alexander Hamilton Papers

To Alexander Hamilton from George Washington, 18 October 1783

From George Washington1

Rocky Hill [New Jersey] 18th Octr. 1783

Dear Sir,

I am favoured with your two letters of the 30th September.

The debate on Indian Affairs which I believe is got through,2 and that on the residence of Congress wch. is yet in agitation3 has entirely thrown aside for sometime the consideration of the peace establishment.4 When it is resumed I will take care that your application comes into view and shall be happy if any thing in my power may contribute to its success being with great truth Dr. Sir Yr. most obedt. servt.

Go: Washington

Colonel Hamilton.

Copy, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress; ALS, sold by B. Altman & Co., New York City (The New York Times, November 28, 1976).

1This copy was apparently made by Octavius Pickering, for at the bottom of the MS there appears the following sentence: “Examined with the original—Octavius Pickering.”

2In September, 1783, Congress considered both the purchase of Indian lands within the state of Pennsylvania by that state and a proclamation prohibiting all persons from settling on Indian lands not within the limits of their respective states. In October, Congress received a lengthy committee report on Indian affairs.

3After its removal to Princeton in late June, 1783, Congress received offers of a permanent residence from several states. The subject of the future residence of Congress was debated during September and early October.

4For information on the peace establishment see “Report on a Military Peace Establishment,” June 18, 1783.

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