Alexander Hamilton Papers

To Alexander Hamilton from Isaac Gouverneur, 7 January 1798

From Isaac Gouverneur1

New York, January 7, 1798. “The cause which has been so long depending between Louis le Guen and my commercial house in this city, has excited so much attention … I can only address you on the subject through the medium of a public newspaper.… To satisfy me more fully on the subject … I resorted to Philadelphia to take further advice from three more gentlemen that were thought most eminent in the law in that place, whose opinions will herewith accompany this letter.…”2

The [New York] Commercial Advertiser, January 10, 1798.

1This letter concerns the case of Louis Le Guen v Isaac Gouverneur and Peter Kemble, which was one of a series of cases in which H served as the attorney for Le Guen. For a discussion of these cases, 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, 48–164. See also H to Gouverneur and Kemble, January 19, 1797; H to Elizabeth Hamilton, April 16, 1797; Le Guen to H, April 24, 1797.

2The opinions, which were furnished by William Lewis, Jared Ingersoll, and William Tilghman, are printed in The [New York] Commercial Advertiser, January 10, 11, 1798.

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