To Elias Boudinot1
[New Brunswick, New Jersey, July 5, 1778. The description in the dealer’s catalogue reads: “… introducing the Marquis de Vienne,2 whom Hamilton had met through Lafayette. ‘Though a young man, he has been a long time in service.… I am not well acquainted with his pretensions in our service, but as I dare say they will be reasonable, I shall request you will give him your interest.’” Letter not found.]
1. ALS, sold by Parke-Bernet Galleries, Inc., April 9, 1968, Item 87.
Boudinot, a New Jersey lawyer, was appointed commissary general of prisoners by the Continental Congress on June 6, 1777, with the pay and rations of a colonel. In November, 1777, he was elected a delegate to Congress.
2. Louis-Pierre, marquis de Vienne, was a major in the French army. Congress commissioned him a brevet lieutenant colonel in the Continental Army on July 15, 1778. See H to Boudinot, first letter of July 5, 1778, note 17 (PAH description begins Harold C. Syrett, ed., The Papers of Alexander Hamilton (New York and London, 1961– ). description ends , I, 514).