From John Lowell1
Roxbury [Massachusetts] July 12th: 1792.
I recd. your Letter of the 30th: of June last2 by the Post of Saturday: I recd. the Papers you refer to & returned a new Statement of the Cases, on which I conversed with you when I was in Phila. last Winter. You then seemed to think that Norton might be entituled to a Remission3 but that Lincoln & others should be pardoned. Soon after my Return I recd. a Letter from you4 in which you say that you must make further Enquiry as to Norton’s Case at Martha’s Vine Yard. Mr. Gore5 informs me that you have forwarded to him a Pardon for Lincoln & others. I presume from these Circumstances that by some Means these Transactions have escaped your Recollection. The Papers when I last saw them you took out of a File in your own Room in the Office. If however they are mislaid I will get them made out again & send them on, for If I can relieve a Moments Attention of a Mind perhaps almost overplied with public Energies believe me Sir I not only think it the Duty of a Friend to his Country but I shall receive Pleasure from doing it. I am with Sentiments of the most perfect Esteem & Respect
Your most obedt. Servt
ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress
1. Lowell was United States judge for the District of Massachusetts.
2. Letter not found.
3. At the September, 1790, term of the District Court of Massachusetts Elijah Norton had submitted a petition for remission of forfeiture of “sundry goods” which had been seized for infractions of the revenue laws by John Pease, collector of customs at Edgar-town, Massachusetts. The case was continued on the court dockets until it was dismissed during the March, 1795, term for failure of the claimant to appear (Massachusetts Circuit Court Records, Federal Records Center, Boston).
4. Letter not found.
5. Christopher Gore was United States attorney for the District of Massachusetts.