Alexander Hamilton Papers

To Alexander Hamilton from Elihu Chauncey Goodrich, 12 June 1797

From Elihu Chauncey Goodrich1

Claverack [New York] June 12, 1797. “Scarcity of Money (at this time) is such that I cannot without a very material Injury to my property and Credit raise the amount which you as attorney for Mr. James Bryson have received against Me as Endorser of a Note.… However previous to the first day of November next it will undoubtedly be in my power without much inconvenience to make the full payment—request you therefore to delay issuing any Execution untill the said 1st day of November.…”

LS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.

1This letter concerns the efforts of James Bryson, a naturalized citizen, to obtain $3,051.14, which was owed to him by Goodrich, an attorney in Claverack. In 1796 Bryson retained H as his attorney, and the case went to the Supreme Court of New York, which in 1798 decided in favor of Bryson. See H’s Law Register, 1795–1804 (D, partially in H’s handwriting, New York Law Institute, New York City), and 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, 158.

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