From Benjamin Judah1
London, September 5, 1798. “I find by private & public Intelligence that my Country … is determined to defend her claims against an insidious Foe.… I have been in Europe about two years …; from the connections I have both here, and on the Continent, I trust that I could procure on the lowest terms, any quantity of Arms &c. that our Government may want.…”2
ALS, marked “Duplicate,” Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.
1. Judah was a New York City merchant.
2. H noted on the envelope: “Answer—Letter received & transmitted to Secy at War whose province it is to decide.” H’s answer to Judah’s letter has not been found.