From Tench Coxe1
[Philadelphia, August 4, 1795]
I have been prevented from answering your last letter2 partly by a journey into the woods, which I have since risqued in person to secure justice in laying the warrants under Ball & Smith, and partly by the difficulties arising with Messrs. Wheelen, Miller & Co. they had from me certain counter Notes for the Greater part of the Notes furnished by them, which I do assure you I was not able to procure after applications once or twice a week for a quarter of year. I have however within a few Days obtained the return of two of those counter Notes of mine, & a promise to search for & send me one more, which is not yet done. At present I am e[n]gaged in another question with them, which is, whether they are bound to give notes or Bonds for the 2d. & 3d. payments. This new difficulty will evince to you, what I have to contend with, & I have not yet got them to consent to the matter.
As I learn you are coming to Philada. on the Subject of the Carriage Tax, which will be argued before the approaching supreme Court,3 opportunity will then be given for such adjustment as is now practicable.
I am, Sir, your very obedt. hble. servant
Alexr. Hamilton Esqr.
Atty. of J. B. Church Esqr.
Copy, Tench Coxe Papers, Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.
1. For an explanation of the contents of this letter, see the introductory note to Coxe to H, February 13, 1795. See also Coxe to H, February 17–18, 22, May 10, 1795; H to Joseph Anthony, March 11, 1795; Anthony to H, May 16, 1795.
2. Letter not found.
3. For information on the Carriage Tax case (Hylton v United States), see 3 Dallas, U.S. Reports description begins A. J. Dallas, Reports of Cases Ruled and Adjudged in the Several Courts of the United States and of Pennsylvania, Held at the Seat of the Federal Government. Vol. III, Second Edition. Edited, With Notes and References to Later Decisions, by Frederick C. Brightly (New York and Albany, 1882). description ends , 171–84, and the 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 Coxe to H, January 14, 19, 1795; H to Coxe, January 26, 1795; William Bradford to H, July 2, August 4, 1795; Edmund Randolph to H, July 21, 1795; Oliver Wolcott, Jr., to H, July 28, 1795.