Alexander Hamilton Papers

From Alexander Hamilton to Peter Smith, 12 October 1795

To Peter Smith1

[New York, October 12, 1795. Concerns the case of Leonard Gansevoort v Gerrit Boon.2 Letter not found.3]

1Smith was sheriff of Herkimer County, New York.

2Gansevoort, a resident of Albany, was a member of the New York Assembly in 1778, 1779, and 1788. He served in the Continental Congress in 1787 and 1788 and was a member of the New York Senate from 1791 to 1793. He was judge of Albany County from 1794 to 1797.

Boon, a native of the Netherlands, was one of the agents of the six Dutch banking firms which formed the Holland Land Company on February 13, 1796.

For the case of Gansevoort v Boon, see the MS minutes of the New York Supreme Court, January 22, April 19, July 29, 1796 (Hall of Records, New York City), and H’s Law Register, 1795–1804, 4 (D, partially in H’s handwriting, New York Law Institute, New York City; 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).

3Letter listed in “List of Papers of S. W. Mitchell,” sold at auction May 19, 1941 (Papers of Silas Weir Mitchell, Library of Congress).

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