Alexander Hamilton Papers

To Alexander Hamilton from Moses Lopez, 7 January 1798

From Moses Lopez1

New York, January 7, 1798. “… I am informed you intend going to Albany in a day or two with Mr. Le Guen. My long confinement of 2 years the 19th Instant2 will I trust … induce you to see Mr. Le Guen, and come to some conclusion in his consenting to my discharge on Common Bail, which Mr. Livingston3 is Ready to do in behalf of Mr. Governeur.…”

ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.

1This letter, like the preceding one, concerns H’s role as attorney for Louis Le Guen.

2Lopez had been imprisoned in January, 1796, because of an action of debt which Isaac Gomez, Jr., had brought against him (MS Minutes of the New York Supreme Court under the date of January 30, 1796 [Hall of Records, New York City]). See also 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, 54, note 22. In his deposition, dated June 11, 1798, on cross-interrogatories in the case of Isaac Gomez, Jr., and Abraham R. Rivera v Louis Le Guen, Isaac Gouverneur, Peter Kemble, and Moses Lopez, Lopez stated “that altho’ he was then [November, 1796] discharged from the suit of the said Isaac Gomez still he remained in Confinement on other suits” (copy, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress).

3Brockholst Livingston was attorney for the defendants in Louis Le Guen v Isaac Gouverneur and Peter Kemble.

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