Alexander Hamilton, Henry Knox, Tobias Lear,
Alexander Macomb, Dominick Lynch, John Watts,
and Samuel Bard to Patrick Murdoch1
New-York Sept. 7, 1790.
As the removal of the residence of Congress from this city will necessarily dissolve our association for the education of our children under your care, and as those of us who remain, do not see a probability of immediately filling up our former number, we take this method of unitedly expressing the entire confidence we have in your talents, and our approbation of your method of tuition.
We are, Sir Your humble Servants
The [New York] Daily Advertiser, September 13, 1790.
1. This letter is part of an advertisement. At the end of the letter is written:
“On the first day of December, the association mentioned in the above Letter will be dissolved, and Mr. Murdoch will open a public school, in a convenient room which he will provide for that purpose, for the instruction of young gentlemen in the Latin, Greek and French languages, Geography, Arithmetic, and the other branches of learning usually taught at such schools. In the mean time, he is permitted to receive a small number of young gentlemen into the private school held under the direction of the above mentioned gentlemen, at his house in Greenwich-street, behind Trinity Church, where those who wish to be admitted will please to apply, and will be received on reasonable terms.
“As Mr. Murdoch will have a few leisure hours, he proposes to instruct Ladies or Gentlemen, at their own houses, in any of the above branches of learning, or foreigners in the English Language.”
2. Custis was Martha Washington’s grandson.
3. Macomb, Lynch, and Watts were New York City merchants.
4. Bard was George Washington’s physician while the government was in New York City.