To Louis Le Guen1
[New York, 1800]
My Dear Sir.
In announcing to you Mrs. Hamilton’s acceptance of your obliging present2 and conveying to you the acknowlegements which she charges me to make to you I abandon the reluctance which I might otherwise feel to my sensibility at a mark of your attention so delicately conveyed.
The discharge of my professional duty towards you with all the zeal which the nature of the case demands has no ⟨claim upon your gr⟩atitude; but the sentiments ⟨you man⟩ifest towards me, will insure you ⟨– – –⟩ on a principle more ⟨– than⟩ that of duty.
ADf, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress; copy, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.
1. H had served as counsel for Le Guen in a series of cases involving Isaac Gouverneur and Peter Kemble. See Goebel, Law Practice description begins Julius Goebel, Jr., ed., The Law Practice of Alexander Hamilton: Documents and Commentary (New York and London, 1964–). description ends , II, 48–164. See also Le Guen to H, May 1, 1800, note 5.
2. H may be referring to a French clock that Le Guen gave to him (Eric Sloane and Edward Anthony, Mr. Daniels and the Grange [New York, 1968], 59).