Lot 222: Alexander Hamilton

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RR Auction

2015-12-18 16:59:17

Lot 222: Fair copy of a letter from Hamilton to George Washington written in the hand of his son, James Alexander Hamilton, five pages on three sheets, 7.75 x 9.75, identified and initialed on the reverse of the last page by James A. Hamilton, "A true copy compared with the original, Decr. 22d 1829, J. A. H." Hamilton's later transcription of his father's letter to Washington, the original sent on September 9, 1792, in part: "I most sincerely regret the causes of the uneasy sensations you experience. It is my most anxious wish, as far as may depend on me, to smooth the path of your administration, and to render it prosperous & happy. And if any prospect shall open of healing or terminating the differences which exist, I shall most cheerfully embrace it; though I consider myself as the deeply injured party…I trust, Sir, that the greatest frankness has always marked and will always mark every step of my conduct towards you. In this disposition, I cannot conceal from you that I have had some instrumentality of late in the retaliations which have fallen upon certain public characters and that I find myself placed in a situation not to be able to recede for the present…I know that I have been an object of uniform opposition from Mr. Jefferson, from the first moment of his coming to the City of New York to enter upon his present office—I know, from the most authentic sources, that I have been the frequent subject of the most unkind whispers & insinuations from the same quarter—I have long seen a formed party in the Legislature, under his auspices, bent upon my subversion—I cannot doubt, from the evidence I possess, that the National Gazette was instituted by him for political purposes and that one lading object of it has been to render me and all the measures connected with my Department as odious as possible—Nevertheless I can truly say, that, except explanations to confidential friends, I never directly or indirectly retaliated or countenanced retaliation till very lately—I can even assure you, that I was instrumental in preventing a very severe and systematic attack on Mr. Jefferson, by an association of two or three individuals in consequence of the persecution, which he brought upon the Vice-President, by his indiscreet and light letter to the Printer, transmitting Paine's pamphlet…As long as I saw no danger to the Government, from the machinations which were going on, I resolved to be a silent sufferer of the injuries which were done me…I determined to avoid giving occasion to any thing which could manifest to the world dissentions among the principal characters of the government; a thing which can never happen without weakening its hands, and in some degree throwing a stigma upon it. But when I no longer doubted, that there was a formal party deliberately bent upon the subversion of measures, which in its consequences would subvert the Government when I see that the undoing of the funding system in particular (which whatever may be the original merits of that system, would prostrate the credit and the honor of the Nation, and bring the Government into contempt with that description of Men, who are in every society the only firm supporters of Government) was an avowed object of the party; and that all possible pains were taken to produce that effect by rendering it odious to the body of the people—I considered it as a duty, to endeavor to resist the torrent and as an essential mean to this end to draw aside the veil from the principal Actors. To this strong impulse, to this decided conviction, I have yielded—And I think events will prove that I have judged rightly." Bound in the upper left corner with thread. In fine condition, with mild toning and chipping to the last page. RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 467 Wednesday, 13th January 2016 Estimate: $6000-8000
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