Alexander Hamilton Papers

From Alexander Hamilton to Harrison Gray Otis, 8 October 1803

To Harrison Gray Otis1

Grange, New York, October 8, 1803. States: “A slight indisposition has prevented an earlier acknowlegement of your favour of  .”2 Gives his opinion concerning the admissibility of evidence in a case in which Otis was acting as counsel for John B. Church.3

ALS, anonymous donor.

1Otis, a Boston Federalist and lawyer, was United States attorney for the District of Massachusetts from 1796 to 1797 and a member of the House of Representatives from 1797 to 1801. From 1802 to 1805 he was a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives.

2Space left blank in MS. Letter not found.

3This letter concerns the case of John B. Church, Jr. v Tuthill Hubbart. For information on this case, see H to Theophilus Parsons, December 31, 1801.

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