To Louis André Pichon1
New York May 10. 1802
The inclosed was put into my hands by Capt Du Buisson, when lately I was about to make a journey to the City of Washington,2 with the suggestion that you had desired it as a voucher for his right to receive 3000 francs from the Armateurs of the Peggy and which sum he informed me you would be willing to pay out of funds in deposit with you on account of that Vessel and her Cargo.3 The interruption of my journey, by an accident, has deprived me of the pleasure of delivering you the paper myself. I therefore now forward it by post.
If you think fit to remit to me the sum claimed it shall be paid to Captain Du Buisson and a receipt from him shall be transmitted to you.
Do me the favour to present my respectful Compliments to Madame Pichon4 and to accept yourself the assurances of the distinguished consideration with which
I have the honor to be Sir Yr. very obed. servt
Mr. De Pichon &c.5
ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.
1. For background to this letter, see H to Jedediah Huntington, November 12, 1801; Robert Smith to H, November 20, 1801; H to Aaron Burr, April 1, 1802; H to Simeon Baldwin, May 1, 1802; Baldwin to H, May 8, 1802.
Pichon was consul general and charge d’affaires from the French Republic to the United States. He also served as commissary general of commercial relations for France.
2. H had been planning to attend the triennial general meeting of the Society of the Cincinnati which was held in Washington on May 3, 1802. See H to Charles Cotesworth Pinckney, March 15, 1802; “Election by the Triennial General Meeting of the Society of the Cincinnati,” May 3, 1802, note 2.
4. A. Emilie Brongniart Pichon.
5. The endorsement on this letter reads: “Repue Le 21 mai.” Letter not found.