[Philadelphia, September 30, 1791]
If you can conveniently let me have twenty dollars for a few days, be so good as to send it by the bearer. I have just put myself out of cash by payment of Major l’Enfants’ bill.2
James A. Hamilton, Reminiscences of James A. Hamilton (New York, 1869), 7.
1. James A. Hamilton does not identify the addressee beyond saying that he was a “friend” of H. According to James Hamilton, the letter was endorsed “Gave a check dated September 30, 1791, for fifty dollars.”
2. Pierre Charles L’Enfant, who had served in the Continental Army as a captain of the Corps of Engineers during the American Revolution. At this time he was engaged in drawing up plans for the new Federal city.