From Effingham Lawrence1
Flushing, New York, March 1, 1798. Seeks to retain Hamilton as his attorney in a case involving patent rights for a brickmaking machine.
ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.
1. Lawrence, a veteran of the American Revolution, “commenced buisness in 1781 at No. 199 Pearl street, one door below Maiden lane, and retired from business in 1794 with an ample competency, purchasing … [an] elegant country residence … fronting the water, in the town of Flushing, to which place he removed the same year, and died in 1800” (Walter Barrett [pseud. for Joseph A. Scoville], The Old Merchants of New York City [New York, 1885], V, 98).