From Vincent Gray1
Havana 26. April 1803
The Ship Aspasia being about to depart for new york, I take leave to present to you this my friend Mr. Walden a small Turtle which I beg your acceptance as a small memento of my grateful recollection of your politeness while acting at the head of the Treasury Department.
I have resided here some time as agent of the United States, and shall in consequence of having many debts to collect for her citizens, have Occasion to remain here some time longer—during which time, if I can serve you or any of your friends in this quarter you will please to command my services.
I am Sir, very respectfully your mo: obt. Serv.
Genl. Alex. Hamilton
ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.
1. Gray was surveyor for the District of Alexandria, Virginia, and inspector of the revenue for the port of Alexandria from 1793 to 1798.