Alexander Hamilton Papers

From Alexander Hamilton to Nicholas Low, [18 September 1792]

To Nicholas Low1

[Philadelphia, September 18, 1792. The description of this letter in the dealer’s catalogue reads: “Complains humorously ‘of the badness of my memory’ and promises that “I shall (Deo volente) meet you & other friends at New Ark on the first Monday of October.2 I am glad to learn that King3 will be there.…’” Letter not found.]

1ALS, sold by Carnegie Book Shop, New York City, 1971, Catalogue 315, Item 226.

2October 1, 1792, was a Monday. On that date H was in Newark, New Jersey (H to William Short, October 1–15, 1792 [PAH description begins Harold C. Syrett, ed., The Papers of Alexander Hamilton (New York and London, 1961– ). description ends , XII, 513–14]). On the same date the directors of the Society for Establishing Useful Manufactures met in Newark. Low was a director of the society. The minutes of the meeting do not record that H attended (“Minutes of the S.U.M.,” 71, 72). This, however, was not unusual, for although he was, of course, one of the leading founders and advisers of the society, he was not one of its directors in 1792 (“Minutes of the S.U.M.,” 1, 72).

3This may be a reference to Joseph King, who was the society’s agent in Liverpool. No evidence has been found that he ever visited the United States.

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