Alexander Hamilton Papers

From Alexander Hamilton to James McHenry, 22 November 1799

To James McHenry

New York, November 22, 1799. “I have just been honored with your letter of the twentieth instant. The explanation that I entered into in the letter to which this is an answer was founded on a principle of caution, and did not proceed from the supposition that censure had been cast upon my conduct. I can readily assent to the position that in ordinary cases, where [no pressing exigencies require the contrary, objects involving great expence ought not to be undertaken]1 without previously communicating with the Executive and obtaining his sanction.…”

Df, in the handwriting of H and Thomas Y. How, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.

1Material within brackets is in H’s handwriting.

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