Alexander Hamilton Papers

To Alexander Hamilton from Robert Morris, 9 February 1797

From Robert Morris

Philada Feby. 9th. 1797

Alexr Hamilton Esqr
New York

Dear Sir

Your favour of the 4th1 only reached me Yesterday. I will get Mr Tilghman2 or Mr Lewis3 to write to you on the point you desire.4 In the mean time as I am anxious to have the Land business settled,5 I think it best to have the papers assigned to Mr Garrett Cottringer in such manner as to Vest him with the right for the present and as that he may release or convey to me my or my order hereafter. The C[h]ancery suit6 must be dismissed & I will pay your draft at a few days sight for Amot. of the Charges.

I am Dr Sir   Yours &c.


LC, Robert Morris Papers, Library of Congress.

1Letter not found.

2William Tilghman was a Philadelphia attorney.

3William Lewis was a Philadelphia attorney whom Morris had consulted in the past. See Lewis to H, May 4, 1796.

4Although H’s letter has not been found, the “point” on which he desired information concerned a suit which Charles Bridgen was threatening to bring against Morris on behalf of William Talbot and William Allum. See Morris to H, December 31, 1796; January 23, 1797.

Morris had endorsed a bill of exchange drawn by John Nicholson. This bill ended up in the hands of Talbot and Allum who were pressing Morris for payment (Morris to H, December 31, 1796). Morris contended that Nicholson should pay this bill, but H wanted the opinions of attorneys in Pennsylvania on that state’s laws concerning this matter. Morris accordingly asked William Tilghman to write to H on this matter. See Morris to H, February 27, 1797.

5The “Land business” refers to Morris’s conveyance to Garrett Cottringer of fifty thousand acres of Genesee land to be used to pay a debt owed to William Pulteney and William Hornby. See the introductory note to Morris to H, April 27, 1796.

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