Alexander Hamilton Papers

To Alexander Hamilton from Benjamin DeWitt, [25 February 1801]

From Benjamin DeWitt1

To Alexander Hamilton Esqr

[Albany, February 25, 1801]


I have the honor to inform you, that at A meeting of the Society for the promotion of Agriculture Arts & Manufactures2 Held in the Senate Chamber on the 11th Feby 1801 You was duly elected a Member thereof.

B. DeWitt Secry.

ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.

1DeWitt, a graduate of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia in 1797, practiced medicine in Albany. After George Clinton became governor of New York in July, 1801, he appointed DeWitt his private secretary.

2The New York Society for the Promotion of Agriculture, Arts, and Manufactures was founded in 1791, and Robert R. Livingston served as its first president. On March 12, 1793, the New York legislature incorporated the society “for the improvement of field husbandry in general; and to introduce, as far as circumstances may render proper, an emulation for the establishment of useful arts and manufactures” (“An Act to incorporate the Society instituted in the State of New-York, for the Promotion of Agriculture, Arts and Manufactures” [New York Laws, 27th Sess., Ch. XLI]).

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