[Albany, October 12, 1782]
I expect early in next month to go to Philadelphia,2 and I do not believe Mrs. H will continue house keeping after I am gone. I consider myself as answerable for a years rent of your house, unless we can find some person whom it will be agreeable to you to accept as tenant for the residue of the year. If you hear of any such person I will thank you to inform me of it; but if the house should be let to another it must be with this reserve, that Mrs. Sims must continue in possession till the end of my year, and I will make an allowance in the rent for that purpose.
I am with great regard Yrs.
ALS, Montague Collection, MS Division, New York Public Library.
1. Although it cannot be stated with certainty, it seems likely that this letter was addressed to Philip Van Rensselaer. See H’s “Cash Book,” March 1, 1782–1791 (PAH description begins Harold C. Syrett, ed., The Papers of Alexander Hamilton (New York and London, 1961– ). description ends , III, 8).
Van Rensselaer, a resident of Albany, was commissary of public stores for the northern department during the American Revolution. He was a first cousin of Catherine Van Rensselaer Schuyler, H’s mother-in-law.
2. See “Appointment as Delegate to the Continental Congress,” July 22, 1782 (PAH description begins Harold C. Syrett, ed., The Papers of Alexander Hamilton (New York and London, 1961– ). description ends , III, 117).