Alexander Hamilton Papers

To Alexander Hamilton from Philip Schuyler, 9 September 1801

From Philip Schuyler

Albany Wednesday Sept: 9th 1801

My Dear Sir

Mrs. Schuyler Catherine1 & myself arrived here on Sunday, in good health, Mrs. Church2 and her Children we left at My Son Rensselaers.3 They will be here today, and were all well.

A frenchman at Quebec trod on my lame leg and bruised it greatly. It has been exceedingly painful but is now healing and the wound appears so favorable that It will probably be healed in a week or two.

On the 29th of this month a Circuit court for the County of Columbia is to be held at Claverack, tryals in Ejectment on the part of our family are then to come on.4 Mr Van Vechten5 and Mr Van Schaick6 are of council for us, as on the Issue of these tryals a great proportion of Mrs. Schuylers property will depend, and which If recovered will be very considerable Indeed, I most earnestly Intreat you, to Attend the tryals If possible, and wish you to be there a day or two before the Sitting of the Court. I shall be there.

In what state of Advance is your building?7

We all unite in love to you to my Eliza And the Children. I am my Dear Sir

Ever most Affectionately yours

Ph: Schuyler

Honl Gen Hamilton

ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.

1Catherine Schuyler was Schuyler’s youngest child.

2Angelica Schuyler Church, Schuyler’s oldest child and the wife of John B. Church.

3Rensselaer Schuyler was born in 1773, was married to Elizabeth Ten Broeck, and lived in Eastown, Washington County, New York.

4For information concerning the actions brought by the heirs of John Van Rensselaer against occupants of Claverack, Van Rensselaer’s estate, see the discussion of the Claverack lands in forthcoming 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 , III. Van Rensselaer’s daughter Catherine was Philip Schuyler’s wife.

5Abraham Van Vechten.

6Peter Van Schaack, a former Tory, was a lawyer in Kinderhook, New York.

7Schuyler is referring to H’s house in upper Manhattan, called the Grange. See the introductory note to Schuyler to H, July 17, 1800.

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