Alexander Hamilton Papers

To Alexander Hamilton from Henry Lee, [16 June 1788]

From Henry Lee1

[Richmond, June 16, 1788]

My dear sir

God bless you & your efforts to save me from the manifold ⟨–⟩ misfortunes which have & continue to oppress me, whenever I attempt to aid human nature. You will do what you think best & whatever you do I will confirm. Hazard has acted the part of a decided rascal & if I fail in my right, I may not in personal revenge.

Our Convention is in full debate on the great business of Federal constitution.2 We possess as yet in defiance of great exertions a majority, but very small indeed.

A correspondence has certainly been opened thro a Mr. O. of Philada3 from the malcontents of P. & N.Y. to us—it has its operation, but I believe we are still safe, unless the question of adjournment should be introduced, & love of home may induce some of our friends to abandon their principles.


H. Lee

ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.

1Lee’s letter is on the reverse side of the letter James Madison wrote to H on June 16, 1788. In JCHW description begins John C. Hamilton, ed., The Works of Alexander Hamilton (New York, 1851). description ends , I, 458, this letter is dated 1788.

2Lee, a close friend of H since the Revolution, was a delegate to the Virginia Ratifying Convention.

3Eleazer Oswald. See Madison to H, June 9, 1788, note 3.

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