Alexander Hamilton Papers

From Alexander Hamilton to William Pierce, [20–26 July 1787]

To William Pierce1

[New York, July 20–26, 1787]2

Dr. Sir

As the inclosed contains details relating to your private affairs it is judged most delicate to put it under cover to you. Permit me to use the privilege of a friend to say that ⟨whatever⟩ appeared to you offensive in the conduct of Mr. Auldjo seems to have been a verry natural result of disappointments on his side, to which your disappointments gave birth, influenced too, perhaps, in some degree by incidents which may have been misrepresented or misunderstood. His explanations speak a language, which I sincerely think may put an end to your controversy. I as sincerely hope this may be the case. I speak with the more freedom, because in a difference between men I esteem, a difference evidently foreign from any real enmity between them, I can never consent to take up the character of a second in a duel ’till I have in vain tried that of a mediator. Be content with enough for more ought not to be expected.

I remain with sincere attachment   Your friend & servant

Alex Hamilton

ADfS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.

1For background to this letter, see H to Nathaniel Mitchell, July 20, 1787.

2In HCLW description begins Henry Cabot Lodge, ed., The Works of Alexander Hamilton (New York, 1904). description ends , IX, 420–21, this letter is dated “1787.” It must have been written between July 20, the date on which H wrote to Mitchell, and July 26, the date of H’s letter to John Auldjo.

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