Alexander Hamilton Papers

To Alexander Hamilton from John Stephens, 25 September 1794

From John Stephens

New York, September 25, 1794. “As I have not recieved an Answer to my letter of the 16th Inst,1 requesting of you to send me a Certificate which would enable me to Cancel my Mortgage which I suppose is owing to your Multiplicity of business, therefore to give you as Little trouble as possible, I have got a Certificate made out & sent … for the purpose of your signing it.…”2

ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.

1Letter not found.

2In this transaction Stephens was the mortgagor of property in New York City, and H was representing the mortgagee. The “Certificate” enclosed by Stephens, known as a “satisfaction piece,” indicated that Stevens, having fulfilled the terms of the mortgage, was released from further obligation.

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