From Jeremiah Olney1
District of Providence 11th Augt. 1794.
On the 24th April last I had the Honor of Transmitting for your information Sundry Documents relative to the Suits of Messrs. Arnold and Dexter2 against me: my not hearing from you, Since, on that Subject, and as the Court meets in this Town on the 15th Septr. next, when Damages are to be assessed—I am induced to enclose a letter from Mr. Barnes3 to me, relative to his Idea of the Future Management of those Suits and respectfully to ask your advice & Instructions as to the Ultimate mode of Defence thereof, and to say with Deference, that I am in Sentiment with Mr. Barnes (Since a favourable Change in the Court has taken place) of Petitioning the Genl. Assembly for a New Trial. As there Seems to be no new points to be Stated before the Court in the assessment of Damages, I have deemed it inexpedient for the United States to be at any Further Expence for Counsil in the Defence of these Suits, than what will accrue in the employment of Messrs. Barnes & Eddy,4 but whatever instructions (in respect to this, or the ultimate modes of Conducting the Suits) you may please to Communicate shall attentively be carried into Execution.
I have the Honor to be &c.
Jereh. Olney Collr.
Alexander Hamilton Esqr.
Secretary of the Treasury.
ADfS, Rhode Island Historical Society, Providence.
1. For background to this letter, see Olney to H, November 7, 15, 28, December 10, 13, 27, 1792, March 14, 25, April 15, 25, September 23, October 7, 21, November 21, 1793, February 17, March 31, April 14, first letter of April 24, May 5, 1794; H to Olney, November 27, 1792, November 7, 1793, March 19, April 24, 1794.
2. Welcome Arnold and Edward Dexter.
3. David Leonard Barnes.
4. Samuel Eddy had served as clerk of the Rhode Island Supreme Court from 1790 to 1793.