Alexander Hamilton Papers

From Alexander Hamilton to Nicholas Fish, [16 September 1794]

To Nicholas Fish

[Philadelphia, September 16, 1794]

Dear Sir

Mr. Smith,1 the bearer of this, a citizen who I believe has had a good zeal in the public cause, & is in great distress has applied to me for some public appointment. I know nothing that will suit him & that he will suit at present. I give him a line to you to satisfy him but with an anticipation that it is not likely you have any thing in your power. If you have I shall be glad he may be served.


A Hamilton

ALS, Columbia University Libraries.

1This may be a reference to William M. Smith, who in an undated letter thanked H for “Your kindness” in the past and asked him to “continue your kind Assistance” (ADf, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress). Although Smith’s letter is undated, it was apparently written between 1796 and 1800, for it is addressed to H at 26 Broadway, New York City, H’s address during those years. In his letter Smith reminded H that they had served in the American Revolution together.

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