From George Pollock1
New York, January 15, 1795. “I have understood from common report that it is Your Intention very shortly to resume your Practice at the Bar…. If … the report be true,… I have to entreat the favour of You to be one of my Counsel in a Cause of great Importance I am now Carrying on against Mr. William Greene, for the recovery of a Respondentia Bond he gave several Years since in Bengal.2 My Counsel already retained are Messrs. Harrison, Troup, & Br. Livingston….”3
ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.
1. Pollock was a New York City merchant.
2. For information on the controversy between William Green and Pollock, see H to William Seton, July 17, 25, 1792; Seton to H, July 23, 1792; Green to H, July 24, 26, 1792. See also William Bradford and H to Edmund Randolph, November 4, 1794.
3. Richard Harison, Robert Troup, and Brockholst Livingston.
H endorsed this letter: “George Pollock—to be retained in a suit against William Greene. Albany March 18. 1795. Answer. I am not now sure that I could with propriety. Will decide in June. Will not be concerned against him. AH.” H’s letter to Pollock has not been found.
H accepted the case, as the following entries, under the date of June 19, 1795, in his Cash Book, 1795–1804, show: “Cash Dr. to Account of Costs & fees for retainer and advice by George Pollock on behalf of Underwriters on the Schooner Industry & Cargo. 30.
“George Pollock Dr.
“for draft of bond of indemnification in the above case.” (AD, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress; also in Goebel, Law Practice description begins Julius Goebel, Jr., ed., The Law Practice of Alexander Hamilton: Documents and Commentary (New York and London, 1964– ) description ends , forthcoming volumes.) See also Goebel, Law Practice description begins Julius Goebel, Jr., ed., The Law Practice of Alexander Hamilton: Documents and Commentary (New York and London, 1964– ) description ends , II, 773.