From Samuel Dexter1
New York, July 17, 1797. Asks advice concerning notes he endorsed for James Greenleaf2 for which Greenleaf provided encumbered lands in upstate New York as security. Encloses fifty dollars as a retainer.3
ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.
1. Dexter was a Boston attorney who had been a Federalist member of the United States Senate from 1793 to 1795. He subsequently served as Secretary of War and Secretary of the Treasury during the last year of the presidency of John Adams.
2. Greenleaf, a native of Massachusetts, was a business associate of Robert Morris, and with Morris he speculated in land in various parts of the United States.
3. See the entry in H’s Cash Book, 1795–1804, for August 26, 1797 (AD, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress).