To William Tilghman1
New York, March 10, 1797. “… You will oblige me by letting me know what have been the laws & practice of Maryland with regard to naturalization—pointing me to the parts of its Constitution & laws which respect the subject. I have under consideration an important question of Insurance2 in which this inquiry is necessary.”
ALS, Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.
1. Tilghman was born in Maryland and practiced law there before moving to Philadelphia in 1793.
2. The “question” was raised in Daniel Ludlow and Gulian Ludlow v John B. Coles; Same v Archibald Gracie in the New York Supreme Court. 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, 770.