Sale 18BP02 | Lot 259

HAMILTON, ALEXANDER Circular letter signed regarding missing books from his legal library.

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Lot 259
HAMILTON, ALEXANDER Circular letter signed regarding missing books from his legal library.
New York: 16 June 1795. One page note on a bifolium, headed Circular and written in a secretarial hand, signed authentically "A. Hamilton" at the foot, addressed on the verso to Richard Varick, the text regarding missing books and accompanied by a second sheet in another hand in manuscript "Deficient Books of Mr. Hamilton's Law Library" listing the missing books. The letter 7 1/2 x 6 inches (19.5 x 16 cm); framed with a portrait. Usual folds, toned along right edge, a short tear touches one word at right, remnants of old mounting to verso, the list of books laid-down to card backing.
In this circular letter, Hamilton seeks of Richard Varick "to cause a search to be made in your office for books belonging to me ... Inclosed is a list of books which I miss. There may be others of which I have neither minute or recollection, but I believe my name will be found written in any that belong to me." The letter is accompanied by a list of the missing volumes, including "Law of Evidence," "Equity Cases Abridged," and others by Strange, Burrows, Vesey, etc. This letter sold Parke Bernet, 1 March 1960, lot 167.


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