Certificate of Admission to Practice Law in the
United States Circuit Court for the New York
District in the Eastern Circuit
[New York, February 4, 1798]
|United States of America,
New York District.
|ss.||I Edward Dunscomb, Clerk of the|
Circuit Court of the United States for the New York District in the Eastern Circuit Pursuant to the Statute of the United States, entitled, “An Act laying Duties on stamped Vellum, Parchment and Paper.”1 Do hereby Certify, that on the Sixth Day of April, in the year of our Lord, one thousand seven hundred and Ninety six Alexander Hamilton was duly admitted a Counsellor of the said Court,2 in the same to appear, and therein to practice as such according to the Rules and Orders of the same Court, and the Constitution and Laws of the said United States.
In Testimony whereof, and pursuant to
the Statute aforesaid, I have hereunto
subscribed my name as Clerk as aforesaid,
this Fourth Day of February in the
twenty-third year of the Independence
of the United States.
DS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.
1. Section 7 of this act reads: “That every counsellor, solicitor, attorney, proctor or advocate, who hath been or shall be admitted, enrolled or registered, in any court of the United States, before he shall at any time after the said thirty-first day of December next, prosecute, carry on, or defend any action, suit or proceeding in any court of the United States, shall take out a certificate of such admission, enrolment or registry from the clerk or prothonotary of the court granting such admission …” (1 Stat. description begins The Public Statutes at Large of the United States of America (Boston, 1845). description ends 529 [July 6, 1797]).