Alexander Hamilton Papers

To Alexander Hamilton from Henry Lee, [5 July 1794]

From Henry Lee1

[Richmond, July 5, 1794]

Dear sir

You must know that we Virginians think that the president seems to undervalue us as seamen. I wish you could change this turn of mind in the illustrious sachem, & by way of beginning bring into a Lieutenancy the bearer Mr. Shore.2

He is well connected in the southern parts of the state, (where you want acquaintances), is excellenty charactered & bred to the sea service.

His manners bespeak him to be a gentleman & he is properly educated. In short you must abound with very clever fellows if you overlook him.

By the bye all my countrymen who visit Philada. & get acquainted with you return enraptured.

I hope the circulation of their opinions will tend to restore sight to the numerous blind among us. God bless you & prosper.

Very truly I am yours

Henry Lee

A Hamilton Esq

ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.

1Lee was governor of Virginia.

2On July 16, 1794, George Washington “Sent to the Secy. of War … Letters from Genl. Henry Lee & Judge [Nathaniel] Pendleton recommending Mr. Saml Shore for an appointment in the navy” (JPP description begins “Journal of the Proceedings of the President,” George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends , 303).

On July 23, Henry Knox wrote to William Pennock, naval agent at Norfolk, Virginia: “I have appointed Mr Samuel Shore of Virginia (a Gentleman who has been highly recommended to the President of the United States, a lieutenant in the navy) to the office of Clerk of the yard at Portsmouth …” (LC, RG 45, Letters Sent Concerning Naval Matters, National Archives).

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