Alexander Hamilton Papers

To Alexander Hamilton from Israel Ludlow, [10 July 1793]

From Israel Ludlow1

[July 10, 1793. “The care of making the survey [of the Miami purchase], in conformity to the act of Congress of the twelfth of April, one thousand seven hundred and ninety-two,2 was on the twenty-fifth of November, ensuing, committed by the late Secretary of the Treasury, to Mr. Israel Ludlow, and this last, by a letter, dated the tenth of July, one thousand seven hundred and ninety-three, informed the Secretary that he had carried into effect, as far as practicable, his instructions, having completed the survey of the tract contained between the two Miami rivers, extending as far northwardly as the head of Little Miami, and had found that little more than five hundred thousand acres were included therein.”3 Letter not found.]

1For background to this letter, see H to William Rawle, January 6, 1793, note 2.

2“An Act for ascertaining the bounds of a tract of land purchased by John Cleves Symmes” (6 Stat. description begins The Public Statutes at Large of the United States of America [Private Statutes] (Boston, 1856). description ends 7–8 [April 12, 1792]).

3This quotation is taken from a report on the “Contract with John Cleves Symmes” made to the House of Representatives on February 9, 1797, by a House committee appointed to inquire into Symmes’s claims (ASP description begins American State Papers, Documents, Legislative and Executive, of the Congress of the United States (Washington, 1832–1861). description ends , Public Lands, I, 75–77).

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