Alexander Hamilton Papers

To Alexander Hamilton from Robert LeRoy Livingston, 7 August 1799

From Robert LeRoy Livingston, 7 August 1799

Genl. Hamilton

New York August. 7th. 1799—


In the heat of Anger I prefered a complaint to Lieut. Coln. Smith against Lieut. Hoffman on account of the purloining a bank bill of ten Dollars as having done it with a view to defraud, on cooler consideration of the Matter and from the former Intimacy that has subsisted between us during all which time I had no reason to suspect his honor in any point whatever I am inclined to look on it as an intended Joke to exculpate Lieut. Hoffman as to any Criminal intention in the business—

And I have now taken the Liberty of addressing you on the subject with a View to do away as much as possible the Charge made and the ill impression that unfortunately might be made by that Letter—

Sir I have the Honor to be Your most Obedient Servt.


R. L. R. Livingston Lieut

12th. Regt. Infy

Genl. Hamilton.

NB. I called on You personally but had not the pleasure to find you in—

(ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress).

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