Alexander Hamilton Papers

From Alexander Hamilton to John Tayler, 18 February 1792

To John Tayler1

Philadelphia Feb. 18. 1792

Dear Sir

Capt Williamson2 who will deliver you this, was formerly a British Officer. He comes to this Country to take the direction of a settlement about to be made in the Western parts of our State, by a Company of Gentlemen in England, who purchased a tract of land from Mr. Morris.3 He has I understand become a Citizen of The United States, and is, I am well assured, very friendly to them. He appears to be a Gentleman and a man ⟨of sen⟩se. Under these different titles, ⟨I take⟩ the liberty to recommend him to yo⟨ur at⟩tention and Civility.

With great esteem &   regard D Sir Your Obedient serv

A Hamilton

John Taylor Esqr

ALS, The Newberry Library, Chicago.

1Tayler was an Albany merchant and land speculator.

2Charles Williamson, a land promoter in the Genesee country in western New York, had arrived in the United States late in 1791. Born in Scotland, Williamson came to New York as agent for the Pulteney Associates, a group of British investors associated with William Johnstone Pulteney, who was a member of Parliament and one of England’s leading land speculators. Pulteney had bought lands in the Genesee country from Robert Morris.

3Robert Morris.

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