From Charles Lee
Alexandria [Virginia] December 24, 1789. “… Having sent a copy of your queries1 to some of the principal merchants in this state, I have the answer of one of them Mr. Alexander Donald of Richmond,2 this Gentleman formerly and since the American Independence has been extensively engaged in the Commerce of this State, and I take the liberty to enclose his letter as one containing a description of our Trade.…”
Copy, RG 56, Letters to and from the Collector at Alexandria, National Archives.
1. See “Treasury Department Circular to the Collectors of the Customs,” October 15, 1789 (PAH description begins Harold C. Syrett, ed., The Papers of Alexander Hamilton (New York and London, 1961– ). description ends , V, 446–47).
2. Donald, a merchant in Richmond, Virginia, was a close friend of Thomas Jefferson, an agent in Virginia for Robert Morris, and a partner in the London firm of Donald and Burton.