Alexander Hamilton Papers

To Alexander Hamilton from Benjamin Tallmadge, 20 June 1795

From Benjamin Tallmadge

Litchfield [Connecticut] June 20th. 1795

Dear Sir

In reply to your Letter of the 16th. instant1 I would observe that so far as the Draughts of the Ohio Lotts2 have been completed, every proprietor may know his own Lotts; but as this business has been executed but in part, it was tho’t best not to insert the numbers of the Lotts in the body of the Deeds. I except to go to Marietta the ensuing fall, when the Accounts of the Ohio Company will probably be closed, the Surveys completed & the Allottments to the several proprietors more fully ascertained. After this, I shall take pleasure in communicating to you every Information respecting your business which it may be within my power to afford.

In the mean time I remain,   very respectfully, Dr Sir   Your Obedt Servt.

Benjn. Tallmadge

P.S. Your 2d Dividend can be obtained by applying to Mr. Paschal N. Smith3 N.Y.

ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.

1Letter not found.

2H owned five and one-half shares of stock in the Ohio Company (Archer Butler Hulbert, The Records of the Original Proceedings of the Ohio Company [Marietta, Ohio, 1917], II, 238).

3Smith, a New York City merchant, was a stockholder in the Ohio Company (Hulbert, The Ohio Company, II, 241).

An entry in H’s Cash Book, 1795–1804, for April 22, 1796, reads: “Cash—Dr. to Sundries to Account of Stock for this sum received of P N Smith on account of dividend on my Ohio lands 128.75” (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).

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