From Horatio Gates1
[New York, October 23, 1791]
If I am too troublesome in making the following Request, it is your own Fault, for you have encouraged me to do it. My agent, Mr. William Alexander, Mercht: in Richmond, Virginia, has by my direction, placed in the Hands of The Commissioner of Loans of that State2 Military Certificates, belonging to me, ammounting 14037 Dollars, & 52 Cents, to be Funded in my Name. I have lately sent Mr. Alexander a letter of Attorney, to enable him to Transferr that Stock, from the Loan Office in Virginia, to you, at the Treasury in Philadelphia, & my request is, that you will be so obliging, as to order it, to be further transferred in my Name to The Loan Office here. Amongst the Multitude of your Friends, and Admirers, believe me, there is few, if any, more Sincerely so.
Than Dr. Sir Your Affectionate Friend & Servant
ADfS, MS Division, New York Public Library.
1. Following the American Revolution, Gates lived on his plantation in Virginia. In 1790 he emancipated his slaves and moved to New York City.
2. John Hopkins.
3. “Rose Hill” was Gates’s ninety-acre farm two or three miles north of New York City.