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Hamilton, Alexander (1757-1804) to John Jay

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC00007 Author/Creator: Hamilton, Alexander (1757-1804) Place Written: New York, New York Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 4 January 1776 Pagination: 1 p. : address : docket : free frank ; 25 x 20.5 cm

Summary of Content: Writes that he meant to send this letter by the last post but missed it. Informs that a proclamation has been issued to dissolve the old assembly to elect a new one. Reports that the Tories are saying they will dominate the election but he believes the Whigs will prevail. Indicates that he would like Jay to come but that his presence is not absolutely necessary. Addressed to Jay in Philadelphia, free franked in New York.

Background Information: On 2 January 1776, Royal Governor of New York William Tryon issued writs for the election of a new assembly. Hamilton was promoting his own chosen candidates for the new assembly, one ...of which was Jay who was elected as a member of it.
Signer of the U.S. Constitution.
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Full Transcript: Dear Sir:
The enclosed was intended by the last post, but I was disappointed in sending it -- You will find by the papers, that a proclamation has been issued ...for dissolving the old Assembly; writs are making out for the election of a new --

The tories seem to give out that there will be no opposition, but I suspect this as an artifice to throw the people off their guard: I doubt not however the Whig Interest will prevail --

I should be glad to see you here with all convenient dispatch; though perhaps your presence may not be absolutely necessary, yet I like not to hazard any thing, or to neglect any step which may have the least tendency to ensure success --

I am
Your most hum Servt
A Hamilton

[Address Leaf:]

To John Jay Esqr

[Docketed in Jay's hand:]

A. Hamilton to Mr. Jay
Jan'y, 1776
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People: Jay, John, 1745-1829
Hamilton, Alexander, 1757-1804

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Subjects: LoyalistElectionGovernment and CivicsWhigsPolitics

Sub Era: The War for Independence

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