George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Alexander Hamilton, 26 March 1796

From Alexander Hamilton

March 26 1796


I perceived by the News Paper that the resolution has been carried1 I have not been idle as far a⟨s⟩ my situation would permit but ⟨it⟩ will not be in my power as I had hoped to send you what I am preparing by this day’s Post. The next will carry it It does not however appear necessary that the Executive should be in a hurry.

The final result in my mind, for reasons I shal⟨l⟩ submit in my next is that th⟨e⟩ Papers ought all to be refused—I am persuade⟨d⟩ the Communication of the ins⟨tructions⟩ in particular would do ha⟨rm⟩ to The President & to the Govern⟨ment⟩. Respecty & Affecty


AL[S], DLC:GW; copy, DLC: Alexander Hamilton Papers. Where the AL[S] is mutilated, the text in angle brackets is taken from the copy.

1For the resolution, see GW to the Cabinet, 25 March, n.1. Its passage was reported in American Minerva; An Evening Advertiser (New York) of this date.

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