To Robert Troup
[Philadelphia, June 20, 1793]
Your letters of the 15 & 18 of June have been received.1
The ideas you express in the former appear to me just. But I hope to God you have been able to find the means of instituting prosecutions before this, against the Offenders. The ferment you mention to have been excited is an additional reason for it. Tis indispensable in such cases to take a decided and imposing tone.2
If there are unwilling or timid persons, whom you have reason to believe are acquainted with facts, why not bring them by process before the Magistrate to give their testimony? Have you seen the letter from the consul to the Governor?3 Mention is there made of the person who was to command. Does not Alderman Randall4 know persons? Let me intreat you—probe the affair with zeal and decision.
Fitsimmons5 & myself have adjusted what relates to Mr Church. He informs me that instructions will go from the Fishers6 to Bogert7 to stop the proceedings. See Bogert if you please for greater caution & know if he has received instructions.
There is an account between Cock8 & me for Chancery fees. Do me the favour to adjust the matter with him according to the best materials in your power & pay him what appears to be due, for which draw upon me, if you are not otherwise in Cash on my account.
ALS, Mr. Charles Mather, II, Mather & Co., Philadelphia.
1. Letters not found.
2. For an explanation of the contents of this paragraph and the following one, see “Cabinet Meeting. Opinion Respecting the Measures to Be Taken Relative to a Sloop Fitted Out as a Privateer,” June 12, 1793 (PAH description begins Harold C. Syrett, ed., The Papers of Alexander Hamilton (New York and London, 1961– ). description ends , XIV, 534–36); H to Richard Harison, June 13–15, 1793 (PAH description begins Harold C. Syrett, ed., The Papers of Alexander Hamilton (New York and London, 1961– ). description ends , XIV, 539–40); Harison to H, June 21, 1793 (PAH description begins Harold C. Syrett, ed., The Papers of Alexander Hamilton (New York and London, 1961– ). description ends , XV, 11–12).
3. Alexandre Blanc de Lanautte, comte d’Hauterive, was the French consul at New York. For his letter to Governor George Clinton and related papers, see ASP description begins American State Papers, Documents, Legislative and Executive, of the Congress of the United States (Washington, 1832–1861). description ends , Foreign Relations, I, 152–53.
4. Thomas Randall, an alderman from the South Ward of New York City and a port warden in the city, was superintendent of the lighthouse at Sandy Hook, New Jersey.
5. Thomas FitzSimons was a Federalist member of the House of Representatives from Pennsylvania.
For an explanation of this sentence and the remainder of the paragraph, see H to John Chaloner, June 11, 1793 (PAH description begins Harold C. Syrett, ed., The Papers of Alexander Hamilton (New York and London, 1961– ). description ends , XIV, 533).
6. Samuel and Miers Fisher were members of a Philadelphia firm of merchants.
7. Cornelius I. Bogert was a New York City lawyer.
8. William Cock was a New York City lawyer.