From Frederick A. C. Muhlenberg1
Philada. July 10th. 1797
As I do not reside in the City at present, Your Letter of the 5th. inst2 did not reach me time enough to answer by Saturdays post. Whilst I lament the publication of the papers respecting the Affair of Reynolds (of which I hope I need not assure you that I had neither Knowledge or Agency, for I never saw them since the Affair took place, nor was I ever furnished with a Copy) I do not hesitate to declare that I regretted the Trouble and Uneasiness this Business had occasioned, & that I was perfectly satisfied with the Explanation you gave at the same time permit me to remind You of Your Declaration also made in the presence of Mr. Wolcot that the Information & Letters in our possession justified the Suspicions we entertained before Your Explanation took place, and that our conduct towards You in this Business was satisfactory. Having no Share or Agency whatever in the publication or Comments You are pleased to cite I must beg to be excused from making any Remarks thereon. Were I to undertake to contradict the many Absurdities & falsehoods which I see published on a Variety of Subjects which heretofore came under my Notice, it would require more time than I am willing to sacrifice. I have the honor to be
Sir Your obdt. humble Servt.
Fredk A C Muhlenberg
A. Hamilton Esqr.
ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.
1. This letter is document No. XXIX in the appendix to the printed version of the “Reynolds Pamphlet,” August 25, 1797. For background to this letter, see the introductory note to Oliver Wolcott, Jr., to H, July 3, 1797.
2. Letter not found. This letter was presumably the same as the letter that H wrote to James Monroe on July 5, 1797.