Alexander Hamilton Papers

From Alexander Hamilton to Barent Bleecker, 20 March 1796

To Barent Bleecker1

New York March 20. 1796


I presume you have been informed that pursuant to the power given to me by yourself and the other parties concerned, I purchased at Auction the lands in Cosbys Manor claimed by the Trustees of the Ringwood Iron Company. These lands being in the whole 6761 acres cost £2422.13.10 payable ¼ part down one other ¼ on the first Tuesday of next month (April) one other ¼ on the First Tuesday of October next and the remaining ¼ on the first Tuesday of April 1797. The first installment I have paid—and I have therefore to request that you will without delay forward to me your ¼ of that installment and also of the second which will become payable on the 5th of next Month. To preserve the right we have acquired punctuality is essential.

With esteem I am   Sir   Your obedt servant

Alex Hamilton

The sum you are to forward is £302.18.5 ½

Barent Bleecker Esquire

ALS, from a typescript furnished by The Detroit Public Library; ADfS, MS Division, New York Public Library.

1For an explanation of the contents of this letter, see the introductory note to Philip Schuyler to H, August 31, 1795. See also H to Phineas Bond, September 1, 1795; H to Robert Morris, September 1, 1795.

Bleecker was an Albany merchant and land speculator.

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