George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Alexander Hamilton, 18 February 1799

From Alexander Hamilton

New York Feby 18. 1799

My Dear Sir

Unwilling to take the liberty to ask you to give yourself any particular trouble on the subject I have written the enclosed letters. I beg you to dispose of them as you suppose will best answer the end in view—that is to obtain a speedy distribution of the State into Districts and sub-districts.1 With the truest attachment I have the honor to be My Dear Sir Your obedt servant

A. Hamilton

ALS, DLC:GW; copy, signed by Hamilton, DLC: Hamilton Papers; copy, DLC: Hamilton Papers.

1GW responded from Mount Vernon on 26 Feb. in a letter marked “Private”: “My dear Sir I received your letter of the 18th instant yesterday. You refer me to enclosed letters for information on the subject therein mentioned. One letter only came, and that under a Seal to General Lee, which I shall forward, unopened, tomorrow by my Nephew Mr Bushrod Washington, who is a neighbour of his.

“Having written to you yesterday both an Official, and private letter, I have only to add in this, that with sincere esteem and Affectionate regard I am—My dear Sir Always Yours Go: Washington” (ALS, DLC: Hamilton Papers; letterpress copy, DLC:GW). Hamilton had enclosed in his letter to Henry Lee of 18 Feb. a letter to Col. Thomas Parker, in which he provided for “the division of Virginia into four districts and Twenty sub-districts or company rendezvouses, designating a place in each for the head Quarters of the rendezvous” (Hamilton to GW, 27 Mar.; see also note 2 of that document). See Hamilton’s letter to Lee in Syrett, Hamilton Papers, description begins Harold C. Syrett et al., eds. The Papers of Alexander Hamilton. 27 vols. New York, 1961–87. description ends 22:486–87; see also GW to Hamilton, 10 April 1799.

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