Alexander Hamilton Papers

From Alexander Hamilton to Ethan Brown, 25 June 1800

To Ethan Brown1

New Port [Rhode Island] June 25th. 1800

Dr Sir

This letter will be delivered to you by Judge Pendleton.2 If it finds you at Providence you will proceed in the stage to New York. Should you stand in need of money you will call on Col. Olney Collector at Providence who will furnish you with the necessary funds.

Yrs with regard

A Hamilton

LS, in the handwriting of Thomas Y. How, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.

1On the envelope H wrote: “To be delivered to Col [Jeremiah] Olney at Providence who is requested to inquire for Mr. Brown at Doctor [John] Spurr’s & if not found there to put this letter in the Post Office. A Hamilton.”

2Nathaniel Pendleton, a native of Culpeper County, Virginia, was a veteran of the American Revolution. After the war, he studied law in South Carolina. In 1784, he moved to Georgia, where he was admitted to practice in the courts the following year. On September 26, 1789, the Senate confirmed his appointment as United States judge for the District of Georgia (Executive Journal, I description begins Journal of the Executive Proceedings of the Senate (Washington, 1828), I. description ends , 29, 32). He moved to New York in 1796, and during that year he was admitted to practice in the New York Supreme Court and the United States District Court of New York. Pendleton was one of H’s seconds in the duel with Aaron Burr. Pendleton was also one of the executors of H’s estate.

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