Alexander Hamilton Papers

From Alexander Hamilton to Henry Lee, [1 December 1789]

To Henry Lee

[New York, December 1, 1789]

My Dear Friend

I have just received your letter of the 16th instant.1

I am sure you are sincere when you say, you would not subject me to an impropriety. Nor do I know that there would be any in my answering your queries. But you remember the saying with regard to Caesar’s Wife. I think the spirit of it applicable to every man concerned in the administration of the finances of a Country. With respect to the Conduct of such men—Suspicion is ever eagle eyed, And the most innocent things are apt to be misinterpreted.

Be assured of the affection & friendship of Yr.

A Hamilton

H Lee Esqr

ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress; copy, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.

1H inadvertently wrote “instant” rather than “ultimo.” See Lee to H, November 16, 1789.

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