Alexander Hamilton Papers

To Alexander Hamilton from Morgan Lewis, 26 July 1790

From Morgan Lewis1

Rhynbeck2 [New York] 26th. July 1790

My Dear sir

I perceive by the public Prints that Congress have rejected the Revennue System you offered them.3 Which Circumstance puts a period to my Expectations of being enabled to return to the City. It has not however, in my Mind, weakened my Obligations to you. I feel the weight of them as sensibly, as if your Wishes with Regard to me, had been compleatly gratified. Instances of disinterested Friendship, are Things I have so rarely met with, that I have almost been induced to doubt their Existence. Indeed, if my Memory does not fail me, I may with Truth assert the present, the only One I ever experienced. Accept Sir my sincere Acknowledgements, and be assured I shall ever retain a grateful Sense of the Value of your Friendship.

The Removal of Congress will probably carry you shortly to Phia.4 If Mrs. L can learn the Time of your intended departure, She means if possible to see Mrs. H. before it takes place. She desires her Love & best Wishes to you both. Be assured you have mine, and tho’ they cannot prove as serviceable to you as those of many Others, ’tis not that they are less sincere. Adieu. A tender of Services by One who has it not in his power to serve, would be ridiculous. But, should Accident in some future Day render it otherwise; I shall not forget the Right you have to command.

Dr Sir   Your sincere Friend & hum Servt.

Morn. Lewis

ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.

1Lewis was an assemblyman from New York City.

2Rhinebeck, Dutchess County, New York.

3This is apparently a reference to the revenue system suggested by H in the “Report Relative to a Provision for the Support of Public Credit,” January 9, 1790.

4The law of July 16, 1790, provided that “prior to the first Monday in December next, all offices attached to the seat of the government of the United States, shall be removed to … Philadelphia” (1 Stat. description begins The Public Statutes at Large of the United States of America (Boston, 1845). description ends 130). H moved to Philadelphia in October, 1790.

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