George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Alexander Hamilton, 10 August 1793

To Alexander Hamilton

Philadelphia Augt 10th 1793.

Dear Sir,

I thank you for giving me the perusal of the letters to you, which are herewith returned. And I pray you to draught, on my behalf, what you may conceive to be a short, but proper & respectful response to the letter of the Chairman—or to the resolves—or to both as you shall judge best (for they come in a form so unusual that I scarcely know the mode that will be most eligable) and let me be furnished therewith tomorrow evening, or early on Monday Morning.

Quere—If the introduction of G——C—— in the resolutions, affords a good occasion to notice the promptness & efficacy of his aid—and that of all the Governors (as far as facts are known to me) where there has been occasion for their exertion—would it not be good policy to make proper mention thereof?1 Yours always

Go: Washington

ALS, DLC: Hamilton Papers; ADfS, DNA: RG 59, Miscellaneous Letters; LB, DLC:GW.

1On 9 Aug. Hamilton forwarded a letter from Nicholas Cruger to GW of that same date, in which Cruger enclosed an address to GW from the citizens of New York City of 8 Aug. that praised not only the efforts of GW to maintain U.S. neutrality but also those of New York governor George Clinton (Hamilton to GW, 9 Aug. [second letter]). Hamilton’s draft has not been identified, but for GW’s reply see his letter to Cruger of Monday, 12 Aug. 1793.

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