Alexander Hamilton Papers

From Alexander Hamilton to Jeremiah Wadsworth, 29 September 1796

To Jeremiah Wadsworth1

New York Sep 29. 1796

Dear Sir

Permit me to introduce to your acquaintance and recommend to your Civilities the bearer of this, Mr. Hoffman,2 our Atty General who goes to Connecticut on the question of the Connecticut Gore.3 He will wish to engage the assistance of one of your Lawyers; will you assist him with your advice?

Yrs. Affectly

A Hamilton

J Wadsworth Esq

ALS, Blumhaven Library and Gallery, Philadelphia.

1Wadsworth, a friend of H for many years, was a Federalist member of the House of Representatives from Connecticut from 1789 to 1795 and a member of the Connecticut Executive Council from 1795 to 1801.

2Josiah Ogden Hoffman.

3This is a reference to the dispute between Connecticut and New York over a narrow strip of land running the length of the Pennsylvania-New York border, along the Southern Tier of New York. For an account of this dispute and H’s part in it, see 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 , I, 657–84.

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