Alexander Hamilton Papers

From Alexander Hamilton to Catharine Greene, 2 November 1791

To Catharine Greene1

Philadelphia Nov. 2 91

You are right My Dear friend in conjecturing that your letter from Charles Town did not reach me. I am still to learn whether you received mine in answer to one you wrote me from Georgia.2

I hope in ten days to be able so far to extricate my self as to report on your Memorial.3 Indeed I will do it & if possible sooner.

God forbid I should think it possible that my departed friend could violate honor or truth. I admit every thing he says and only doubt on the score of public precedent, in a case in which every requisite precaution was omitted.

But whatever may be my ultimate opinion on the merits of the question referred, I cannot but endeavour to do you service. And surely the family of General Greene will not be permitted to be the Victims of his want of caution in an instance of great zeal for the public service. I write in the most intense confidence.4

ALS, sold by Charles Hamilton Autographs, Inc., Auction No. 101, December 9, 1976.

1Catharine Greene was the widow of Major General Nathanael Greene, who died in 1786.

2Letter not found.

3See “Report on the Petition of Catharine Greene,” December 26, 1791 (PAH description begins Harold C. Syrett, ed., The Papers of Alexander Hamilton (New York and London, 1961– ). description ends , X, 406–68).

4Text taken from the dealer’s catalogue.

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