Thomas Jefferson Papers

James Hamilton to Thomas Jefferson, 16 April 1812

From James Hamilton

North Carolina Granville Couy Williamsbo 16th April 1812


Mr Robert Hamilton of Petersburg wrote you Some time ago, requesting the favour of you to notify the Subscribers to an obligation given Mr MClure now of your neighbourhood, that the same has been assigned to me, and that the conditions on the part of Mr McLure have been complied with—He has not received an answer from you

As there are several debts which I have assumed to pay for Mr McLure out of the money ariseing from this obligation—and the several persons to whom they are due appear to be very urgent in their applications, You would infinitely oblige me if you would give the necessary notification So that the money may be lodged in the Bank as soon as possible

I am truly sorry to occasion you so much trouble in this business, but I have no other means by which I could give the notice necessary—and in your letter to Mr Macon you were good enough to say that you would take this trouble upon Yourself

The papers have been returned to me & the difficulty I shall find in obtaining the money from the Bank will ever be considerable. having very little intercourse with Richmond—I Will therefore thank you to direct that the money may be lodged in the Bank of Richmond (or rather that of Petersburg if equaly convinient) subject to my order accompanying, the paper subscribed as I shall have to send by a person immediately from this neighbourhood to have the business negotiated

I shall wait for a letter from you, for information when the money is deposited as aforesaid—with respect

I am Sir Your Obedt Servt

Jas Hamilton

RC (DLC); endorsed by TJ as received 3 May 1812. Enclosure not found.

James Hamilton (d. ca. 1836), merchant, emigrated from Scotland with several of his siblings about 1807 and established himself on an estate called Nine Oaks near Williamsboro, Granville County (later Vance County), North Carolina. In 1812 he formed a business partnership with four of his brothers. Hamilton evidently moved by 1820 to New York City and there continued business under his own name (Patrick Hamilton Baskervill, The Hamiltons of Burnside, North Carolina, and their Ancestors and Descendants [1916], 80, 85–7, 133–7; Longworth’s New York Directory description begins Longworth’s American Almanac, New-York Register, and City Directory. New York, 1796–1842 (title varies; cited by year of publication) description ends [1820], 214; [1830], 304).

TJ had not received a letter from robert hamilton of petersburg (see TJ to James Hamilton, 4 May 1812).

Index Entries

  • Bank of Virginia (Richmond); TJ’s loan from search
  • Hamilton, James; and W. McClure’s debts search
  • Hamilton, James; identified search
  • Hamilton, James; letters from search
  • Hamilton, Robert; and W. McClure’s debts search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; loan from Bank of Virginia search
  • Macon, Nathaniel; and W. McClure’s debts search
  • McClure (McLure), William; debts of search
  • Richmond, Va.; Bank of Virginia search
  • subscriptions, non-publication; to pay W. McClure’s debts search