Alexander Hamilton Papers

To Alexander Hamilton from Wade Mosby, 1 January 179[7]

From Wade Mosby1

Richmond, January 1, 179[7].2 Acknowledges message that Hamilton will serve as his attorney in the suit brought against him in New York by Leeds and Mumford.3 States: “I am sure that when you are fully possessed of all the circumstances relative thereto you will find [it] to be one of the most Rascally proceedings you ever were witness to.… I wait your answer hoping that you will quickly put and end to the Suit and rid me of so disagreeable business.”

ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.

1Mosby was a member of the Richmond, Virginia, firm of Mosby, Smith, and Carrington.

2Mosby incorrectly dated this letter 1796.

3The suit to which this letter refers was Wade Mosby, Josiah Smith, Paul J. Carrington, Samuel Sackett, and Samuel Watson v Jedediah Leeds and John Mumford. For an account of this case with the relevant documents, 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 , II, 316–27.

An entry in H’s Cash Book, 1795–1804, for December 19, 1796, reads: “Cash for received in suit of Wade Mosby & others v. Leeds &c 25” (AD, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress).

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