Alexander Hamilton Papers

To Alexander Hamilton from Oliver Wolcott, Junior, 15 August 1795

From Oliver Wolcott, Junior

Phila. Aug 15. 1795

Dear Sir

The President has decided that the Treaty shall be ratified & transmitted for exchange immediately and in my opinion he has decided right.1 I regret that this was not done long since, as I presume much of the party spirit which has been excited would have been prevented.

A government like ours can rarely take a middle course on any point which interests the public feelings—delay for whatever reason would be construed into a dislike of the Treaty itself, and this opinion diffusing among the people would generate the most inveterate factions. Circumstances have happened tending to incite a distrust of the sincerity of this Govt, in the British Cabinet, which can be no otherwise explained than by a ratification.

I am with sincerity yours

Oliv. Wolcott, Jr.

Alexr. Hamilton Esqr.

ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress; copy, Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford.

1Washington ratified the Jay Treaty on August 14, 1795. See Wolcott to H, July 30, 1795, note 2.

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