Alexander Hamilton Papers

From Alexander Hamilton to Andrew G. Fraunces, 2 August 1793

To Andrew G. Fraunces1

Philadelphia, August 2, 1793.


I have received your letter of this date, at which I am astonished more than I can express. Do you imagine that any menaces of appeal to the people, can induce me to depart from what I conceive to be my public duty!

As to what you call the affair of the Umpire, I cannot even divine what you mean by it. But whatever it may be—whatever guilty project you may have entered into, to better your condition by defaming me—I set you and all your accomplices at defiance. Begin as soon as your please; but beware of what attempt.

A. Hamilton

Mr. Andrew G. Fraunces.

Fraunces, An Appeal description begins [Andrew G. Fraunces], An Appeal to the Legislature of the United States, and to the Citizens Individually, of the Several States, Against the Conduct of the Secretary of the Treasury. By Andrew G. Fraunces, Citizen of the State of New-York, Late in the Treasury of the United States. “E tenebris elucidit lux.” Printed for Andrew G. Fraunces, Esq. (n.p., 1793). description ends , 14.

1For background to this letter, see Fraunces to H, May 16, June 10, July 1, August 2, 1793; H to Fraunces, May 18, July 2, 1793.

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