Alexander Hamilton Papers

From Alexander Hamilton to Rufus King, 18 April 1796

To Rufus King1

New York April 18. 1796

Dear Sir

I thank you for your letter received to day.2 Our Merchants here are not less alarmed than those of Philadelphia & will do all they can.3 All the insurance people meet to day. The Merchants & Traders will meet tomorrow or the next day. A Petition will be prepared & circulated among the other citizens.

I regret that a certain communication was not made.4 Indeed I think the Executive will be hereafter blamed for keeping back the fact in so critical a posture of things.

Yrs. truly

A Hamilton

Rufus King Esq

ALS, New-York Historical Society, New York City.

2Although it might be assumed that H was acknowledging King to H, April 17–18, 1796, this is not the case, for H acknowledged the receipt of that letter in H to King, April 20, 1796. The letter which H is acknowledging in the letter printed above has not been found.

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