From Abraham Van Vechten1
[Albany, April 30, 1804]
In Consequence of a Letter from Mr. Jac. R. Van Rensselaer I have been with the Chancellor2 in order to have a guardian appointed for ⟨Mr.⟩ Kane’s Daughter, but on acct. of Mr. Kanes absence nothing can be done. The Chancellor requires a Petition from himself or an Atty in fact regularly constituted by him. He however suggests that as there are two Children3 you may procure a petition including both & send it up, in which Case the Examination as to property may be here made at once. You can also send up a Certificate from a master of the Inspection of the Law & a bond in an adequate Sum. This done the Chancellor says he’ll give every possible facility in the business.
Ab Van Vechten
ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.
1. For background to this letter, see H to Jonas Platt, August 16, 1803; H to Philip Jeremiah Schuyler, April 20, 1804. For a discussion of the dispute over the lands at Claverack, New York, see Goebel, Law Practice description begins Julius Goebel, Jr., and Joseph H. Smith, eds., The Law Practice of Alexander Hamilton: Documents and Commentary (New York and London, 1964– ). description ends , forthcoming volumes.
2. John Lansing, Jr.
3. Alida Van Rensselaer Kane and John Kintzing Kane.