Alexander Hamilton Papers

To Alexander Hamilton from William Samuel Johnson, 30 September 1792

From William Samuel Johnson1

New York, September 30, 1792. “… My Son Robert Charles Johnson … has now taken his Passage on Board a Ship bound to Bristol which proposes to Sail on Sunday next. His sole Object ⟨i⟩s Instruction & Improvement, & as I wish him to Travel as ad⟨v⟩antageously as may be, & am persuaded no Name in this Country can be a more valuable recommendation to him than yours, I beg the favour of Letters of Introduction for him.…”

ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.

1Johnson was president of Columbia College from 1787 to 1800. He had been a delegate from Connecticut to the Constitutional Convention and was one of the first two Senators elected from Connecticut. He resigned from the Senate in 1791, when the Federal Government moved from New York City to Philadelphia, in order to continue his duties as president of Columbia.

For a reference to Robert C. Johnson’s trip to Europe, see William Henderson to H, September 24, 1792, note 7. See also William Denning to H, September 25, 1792, note 1.

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