Alexander Hamilton Papers

From Alexander Hamilton to John Langdon, 16 June 1795

To John Langdon1

New York June 16. 1795

Dear Sir:

Will you allow me the liberty of introducing to your civilities Mr. De Liancourt2 and the Gentleman who accompanies him, Mr. Guillemand,3 a young Englishman who is mentioned to me as a man of sense information and worth. I take it for granted you made Mr. De Liancourt’s acquaintance at Philadelphia and that you know his character.

Your politeness and hospitality are destined to be taxed. I will make no apology for doing it in this instance; but knowing how much you are exposed I shall be as discreet as possible in my intrusions.

With great Consideration and Regard I have the honor to be Dear Sir Your Obed. serv

A. Hamilton.

John Langdon Esquire

Magazine of American History, XXI (January–June, 1889), 279.

1Langdon was a Democratic Republican member of the United States Senate from New Hampshire.

2For François Alexandre Fréderic, Duc de la Rochefoucauld-Liancourt, and his visit to Philadelphia, see John Jay to H, September 17, 1794; Angelica Church to H, September 19, 1794.

3John Guillemard (not Guillemand) was a member of a family of Huguenot silk merchants who had settled in England. Guillemard was born in England on August 31, 1764, and was graduated from St. John’s College, Oxford, in 1786. On May 25, 1797, while in Philadelphia, he was chosen as the fifth commissioner to settle pre-Revolutionary War debts under Article 6 of the Jay Treaty (Moore, International Adjudications description begins John Bassett Moore, ed., International Adjudications: Ancient and Modern, History and Documents, Together with Mediatorial Reports, Advisory Opinions, and the Decisions of Domestic Commissions, on International Claims (New York, 1929–1936). description ends , III, 18, 22).

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