Alexander Hamilton Papers

To Alexander Hamilton from Robert Morris, 6 March 1796

From Robert Morris1

Alexander Hamilton Esqre N York

Phila 6 March 1796

Dear Sir

I am glad to see by your line of yesterday2 that you had got safe home.3 I am at present in treaty for the Sale of some Lands of Pennsa & perhaps some of the Tracts I proposed to you may be included in the sale. If they are, others shall be Substituted & you may rely that I will not lose a day unnecessarily in preparing & transmitting the Mortgages, but instead of putting the whole into one Mortgage I think it will be best to put one parcel of contiguous Tracts into one Mortgage & another in another & so on—then if any one of those Parcels should be sold, I can pay or exchange the Security without affecting the others.

You omitted to Return the Copy of Mr Greenleafs Deed for the Washington Lotts.4 The Original is gone to be recorded & I have no other Copy, therefore I request you to send it to me. I am very busy but you shall soon hear again from



LC, Robert Morris Papers, Library of Congress.

1This letter concerns Morris’s debt to John B. Church. For the nature of this debt and Morris’s efforts to pay it, see the introductory note to Morris to H, June 7, 1795. See also Morris to H, July 20, November 16, December 18, 1795; January 15, 1796.

2Letter not found.

3H had been in Philadelphia to appear before the Supreme Court of the United States to argue the constitutionality of the carriage tax. See Morris to H, February 10, 1796.

4For James Greenleaf, see H to Morris, March 18, 1795, note 21; Morris to H, June 7, 1795, note 7.

Beginning in 1793, Morris, James Greenleaf, and John Nicholson purchased 7,234 ¾ lots in the City of Washington, each lot consisting of 5,265 square feet. They then sold 769 ¼ lots, leaving a total of 6,465 ½ lots. On July 10, 1795, Morris and Nicholson bought Greenleaf’s share of these lots as well as 376 acres of land which Greenleaf owned in Washington. When this transaction was completed, Morris and Nicholson jointly owned 7,756 lots in the City of Washington (Morris, In the Account of Property description begins Robert Morris, In the Account of Property (King & Baird, Printers, No. 9 Sansom Street [Philadelphia], n.d.). description ends , 7–8).

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