Alexander Hamilton Papers

From Alexander Hamilton to William Duer, 22 April 1792

To William Duer

[Philadelphia] April 22, 1792

My Dear Duer

I hoped ere this to have seen you, to have afforded you whatever of aid could have resulted from my advice after knowing your real situation.1 But the session protracts itself & I can scarcely say when it will finish. Lest the information contained in my last2 should induce you to postpone any arrangement with your Creditors, in the hope of speedily having an opportunity of consulting me I have thought it best to apprise you of the degree of delay which may attend my proposed visit to New York. Indeed I can hardly flatter myself that my advice could be of any real importance to you.

How are you? How are your family? At a moment of composure I shall be glad to hear from you.

Eliza joins me in affectionate remembrances to Lady Kitty.3 Farewell

A Hamilton

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1This is a reference to Duer’s bankruptcy. Duer suspended payments on March 9, 1792, and was imprisoned for debt on March 23, 1792.

3“Lady Kitty” was Duer’s wife, Catharine, and the daughter of the late William Alexander of Basking Ridge, New Jersey. See H to Duer, March 23, 1792, note 6.

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