Alexander Hamilton Papers

To Alexander Hamilton from Henry Banks, 1 January 1789

From Henry Banks

Richmond, January 1, 1789. “I recd. your letter of the 12 Ulto.…1 I suppose I shall be entitled to Costs of Suit with Foltz & Lorenz2 for the recovery of which ’tis my wish that you either take or cause measures to be taken.… Mr. Constable3 has a mercantile Reputation.… I shall at present leave him cloak’d under that Reputation until I see a fit oppy to attack him and it more seriously than to solicit the renewal of a Bond which equity will substantiate upon him when ever I please.…”

ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.

1Letter not found.

2John Foltz and Jacob S. Lorenz.

3William Constable, a prominent New York merchant, was a partner of Robert and Gouverneur Morris and a director of the Bank of New York. Both Constable and Banks speculated in western lands.

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