HAMILTON, ALEXANDER Autograph letter signed.
Dated May 28, 1793 from Philadelphia, addressed to Governor Henry Lee of Virginia as "My Dr. Lee," one page of 11 lines written in brown ink on a folded letter sheet of laid paper with integral address leaf with traces of seal and with Free frank, page size 10 x 7 3/4 inches (25.5 x 19.5 cm). Usual folds, some darkening to central fold, ink a little pale, a few minor defects to the central fold of the letter sheet clear of the text, traces of old mount at head of the address leaf.
Hamilton writes to ask Lee whether he had reimbursed him money due on a horse that Lee had purchased on his behalf, and regrets that he had not been able to lavish more attention on the Governor during a recent visit. The letter concludes "Your Affectionate Friend/A. Hamilton."
Major-General Henry "Light-Horse Harry" Lee III was the ninth Governor of Virginia and the Virginia Representative to the United States Congress. An extensive surviving correspondence between the two men exists; they clearly held each other in high esteem. At this time, Hamilton was Secretary of the Treasury in the first United States constitutional government, with Washington as President. For the context of this letter, see Lee's letter of May 6, 1793 to Hamilton, published in volume 14, p. 416, of The Papers of Alexander Hamilton, edited by Syrett.
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