Alexander Hamilton Papers

To Alexander Hamilton from Benjamin Smith, 3 December 1799

From Benjamin Smith, 3 December 1799

New York 3d December 1799—


I have had the pleasure of knowing the Bearer hereof Mr John Augustus Winans, for these three Years past & have always found him to be a steady upright young Gentleman, possessing among many amiable qualities, that of assisting to support by his Industry his Aged Mother & Sister—He has been an Officer in a Uniform Company in this City called the “Federal Blues” commanded by Samuel Jones Junr Esqr. & warmly attached to the Government. I write this Sir, for your satisfaction respecting the Character of this Gentlemen, & that I trust you will find him fully deserving such confidence as you may think proper to honor him with.

With respect I remain, Sir, your very hble Servt.

Benjn. B. Smith

Major General Hamilton.

(ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress).

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