HAMILTON, ALEXANDER Autograph letter signed,
dated March 5 1796 from New York, addressed "Dear Sir," one page of 7 lines written in brown ink on a folded letter sheet of laid paper, page size 6 3/4 x 6 1/2 inches (17 x 16 cm). Usual folds, some neatly restored separations or weakness on the upper mid-fold of the pages, a few minor defects to the central fold of the letter sheet, possibly trimmed at the foot.
Alexander Hamilton requests his payment for successfully arguing the United States position in the Supreme Court case of Hylton v. United States, an important early case regarding taxation (this concerned a tax levied on personal carriages, introduced in an act of Congress of 6 June 1794). This was also the first case heard by the Supreme Court based on constitutional judicial review, deciding (in the affirmative) that a statute enacted by Congress was constitutional. Hamilton spoke for about three hours presenting the government case, according to Justice James Iredell's contemporary account, and carried the day with his eloquent presentation. Here Hamilton writes: "I request and authorize you to receive, and remit to me in bank post notes, the sum which shall be allowed for my compensation in attending the argument on behalf of the U. States, respecting the constitutionality of the Tax on Carriages"...
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