Alexander Hamilton Papers

To Alexander Hamilton from Robert Morris, 7 January 1797

From Robert Morris1

Philada. Jany. 7th. 1797

Dear Sir

I have arranged with Capt Chas Williamson for the debt Contracted with Colo Wm S. Smith in August 1791 of which fifty Thousand Dollars. in Six per Ct Stock remains to be transferred and delivered & for the performance thereof I have given to Capt. Williamson Assignee of Colo Smith a satisfactory Security, in Consequence Whereof that Tract of Land in the Genesee Country for which I gave Colo Smith a Deed of Conveyance is to be reconveyed to me, and a Suit which was instituted by Colo Walker in the Court of Chancerry is to be withdrawn & rendered Null & Void, for a more full & perfect information of these matters I refer you to the enclosed Copies of the Articles of Agreement between Colo Smith and me, and of the Defeazant executed by him. The Original of the latter is with me, the Original of the former and the Deed of Conveyance were left with Colo Smith and I suppose are now in the hands of Colo. Walker who Acted as Atty to Capt Williamson, the latter will do every thing to be done for restoring to me my Title to the Tract of Land West of the Genesee River free of all incumbrance either by means of my Deed to Colo Smith or of the suit in Chancerry, but I must request your immediate care and attention as a professional Man to see this done in all due Form & without loss of time for which I will chearfully pay the Compansation you will say is right.

I am Dr Sir   Your Obed Servt

Robt Morris.

Alexr. Hamilton Esqr.

ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress; LC, Robert Morris Papers, Library of Congress.

1This letter concerns a debt which Morris owed to William Pulteney and William Hornby and the efforts of their representatives to have Morris pay or secure this debt. For an explanation of this debt and the negotiations concerning it, see the introductory note to Morris to H, April 27, 1796. See also Morris to H, May 3, 10, 17, 31, 1796; H to Charles Williamson, May 17–30, 1796.

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