Alexander Hamilton Papers

From Alexander Hamilton to Gouverneur Morris, [21 March 1784]

To Gouverneur Morris1

[New York, March 21, 1784]

Dr. Sir

Permit me to introduce to Your acquaintance and attention Mr Seaton Cashier of the Bank of New York.2 He is just setting out for Philadelphia to procure materials, and information in the forms of business. I recommend him to you, because I am persuaded you will with pleasure facilitate his object. Personally I dare say you will be pleased with him.

He will tell you of our embarrassments and prospects. I hope an incorporation of the two banks which is evidently the interest of both has put an end to differencies in Philadelphia.3 Here a wild and impracticable scheme of a land bank stands in our way; the projectors of it persevering in spite of the experience they have that all the mercantile and monied influence is against it.4

G M Esqr.

AL[S], Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.

1JCHW description begins John C. Hamilton, ed., The Works of Alexander Hamilton (New York, 1851). description ends , I, 416, and HCLW description begins Henry Cabot Lodge, ed., The Works of Alexander Hamilton (New York, 1904). description ends , IX, 399, give Thomas FitzSimons, a director of the Bank of North America, as the recipient of this letter. It was addressed to Gouverneur Morris, for on the lower left-hand margin of the MS are the initials “G.M.” in H’s writing. The same or a similar letter may have been sent to FitzSimons, for William Seton on March 27, 1784, wrote to H: “Allow me now particularly to thank you for your kind letter to Mr. Fitzsimmons.”

2William Seton, a New York merchant, had been a passive Loyalist during the American Revolution. At the organization meeting of the Bank of New York on March 15, 1784, he was elected cashier of that institution.

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