Alexander Hamilton Papers

From Alexander Hamilton to James McHenry, 2 May 1799

To James McHenry, 2 May 1799

New York May 2d. 1799

My Dear Sir,

Your letter having informed me, that you some time since encouraged Capt Willing to expect a furlough, and having learnt from him that in consequence of this encouragement he had made arrangements and entered into engagements for the voyage, I thought it would compromit you to refuse the furlough request. I have therefore very much against my own judgment complied. The precedent in my opinion is a bad one. Let me entreat you on future occasions to avoid the occasion of similar embarrassment—

Yrs. Affecy


James McHenry Esqr.

(ALS, Columbia University Libraries; ALS [photostat], James McHenry Papers, Library of Congress; copy, in the handwriting of Ethan Brown, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress).

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