Alexander Hamilton Papers

From Alexander Hamilton to Walter Stewart, 27 August 1790

To Walter Stewart

New York Aug 27 1790

Dear Sir

Since I wrote you last,1 I have engaged a house for an office, which is at the corner of Chestnut, and, I think, third Street, or in other words, the house of Mr. Coxe,2 formerly occupied by the President of Congress.

I give you this intimation that you may endeavour to procure one for me, as near that as you can, having regard to the quality and situation of the house.

One near Mrs. Allen’s3 has been mentioned to me, now occupied by Mr. Mead,4 who, it is said is about to leave it. From the description I have had of it I am led to think it may suit me. But I leave all to you.

If a house, in a convenient situation, cannot be had in time I would wish only to take it for a few months that I may be at liberty to look out for a better. I remain   Yr friend & ser

A Hamilton

ALS, New-York Historical Society, New York City.

2Presumably Daniel Coxe, a Philadelphia merchant whose house was at 93 Chestnut Street.

3An entry in the Philadelphia Directory for 1791 reads: “Allen Mrs. gentlewoman, 155 Chestnut Street.”

4George Meade was a Philadelphia merchant, who was the brother-in-law and former partner of Thomas FitzSimons. Meade’s house at this time was on Walnut Street just west of Third Street.

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