Alexander Hamilton Papers

From Alexander Hamilton to James Wilkinson, July 1800

To James Wilkinson

New York July 1800

My Dr. Sir

I have this morning the pl⟨easure⟩ of your public and private letter of the 29⟨th⟩ of June. I write th⟨is⟩ acknowlegement ⟨for⟩ the two in this private letter because I con⟨sider⟩ my military functions to have ceased ⟨and that⟩ my situation has been left somewhat eq⟨uivo⟩cal.1 Though I shall regret the loss ⟨of⟩ an opportunity of conversing with you ⟨and⟩ of manifesting in conjunction with Mrs. H——to Mrs. Wilkinson the pleasure we should have in her company—Yet I think you are right in procee⟨ding⟩ directly to Pittsburgh. This upon ⟨the⟩ whole will be the most desireable in a public view as well as most con⟨venient⟩ to your family and yourself.

I am obliged by your observations on the Havannah.

Your Commission to M⟨rs.⟩ Church I shall execute with pleasure. Mrs. Hamilton sends you compliments & thanks for the box of pacans. That ⟨for⟩ General North2 shall be forwarded. You will learn that we are a rout⟨ed⟩ & disbanded host.

Mrs. H, very sensible to the politeness of Mrs. Wilkinson, is ⟨too⟩ well acquainted with her from my representa⟨tions⟩ not to receive with pleasure the expression ⟨of⟩ her kindness and to reciprocate every sentime⟨nt⟩ of regard. The esteem & friendship with which I was many years ago impressed cannot be obliterated. Whereever you may either of you be these are sentiments which you will not cease to command from me.

Very truly Yrs

A Hamilton

General Wilkinson

ALS, Chicago Historical Society.

2William North, a veteran of the American Revolution, served in the New York Assembly in 1792, 1794, 1795, and 1796, and was speaker in 1795 and 1796. From May 5, 1798, to August 17, 1798, he was United States Senator from New York. On July 19, 1798, North was appointed adjutant general with the rank of brigadier general (Executive Journal, I description begins Journal of the Executive Proceedings of the Senate (Washington, 1828), I. description ends , 293). With other members of the Additional Army, he was honorably discharged on June 14, 1800. See H to Ebenezer Stevens, July 1, 1800, note 3.

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