Alexander Hamilton Papers

From Alexander Hamilton to John Marshall, 14 April 1796

To John Marshall1

[New York April 14, 1796. On April 25, 1796, Marshall wrote to Hamilton: “Yours of the 14th only reached me by the mail of this evening.” Letter not found.]

1Marshall was practicing law in Richmond, Virginia, at this time. In February, 1796, he had made his first and only appearance before the Supreme Court of the United States as an advocate for the defendant in the case of Ware v Hylton, in which he argued against the collection of a British debt (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 , 209–14).

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