Alexander Hamilton Papers

To Alexander Hamilton from Morgan Lewis, 9 August 1790

From Morgan Lewis

Rhinebeck [New York] 9th. August 1790.

Dr sir,

I observe that by the funding Plan adopted by Congress, certain Commissioners are to be appointed for the purpose of receiving Subscriptions to the Loan &ca.1 I do not know if I shall have your good offices for the Appointment to be made in this State. I will not ask them, because as those Officers are to be immediately under your Direction, I think you ought to be at perfect Liberty to procure appointments for whomsoever you wish. The Design of this Letter is principally to acquaint you, that I have Reason to believe Applications have been made to Mr. Morris2 & some Other Gentlemen of supposed Influence with the President for their Interest in favor of a Connection of mine.3

I am with Esteem   your Friend & Servt.

M Lewis

ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.

1“An Act making provision for the (payment of the) Debt of the United States” (1 Stat. description begins The Public Statutes at Large of the United States of America (Boston, 1845). description ends 138–44 [August 4, 1790]). On August 6, 1790, Washington submitted his nominations for commissioners of loans to the Senate.

2Presumably Robert Morris, who at this time was a Senator from Pennsylvania

3This may be a reference to Peter R. Livingston. Lewis had married Gertrude Livingston, a cousin of Peter R. Livingston. When Dr. John Cochran resigned as commissioner of loans in New York in 1793, Livingston applied for the post.

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