Alexander Hamilton Papers

To Alexander Hamilton from Francis A. Vanderkemp, 15 September 1800

From Francis A. Vanderkemp1

Oldenbarneveld [New York] September 15, 1800. Recalls Hamilton’s kindness to him on his arrival in the United States. Proposes that the Society of the Cincinnati2 establish archives for “all what might be of any worth to Posterity” and that the archives include “all Orations Eulogys3 Sermons on Solemn occasions—all remarkable incidents anecdotes &c.”

ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.

1Vanderkemp was a Mennonite minister who had emigrated from Holland to the United States in 1788.

2H was president of the Society of the Cincinnati. See “Election by the Society of the Cincinnati,” May 8, 1799.

3Vanderkemp enclosed a copy of a eulogy to George Washington which he had delivered on February 22, 1800, at Oldenbarneveld (AD, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress).

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