The Alexander Hamilton Collection A Show-Stopping Gathering of Highly Important Original Letters, Documents and Imprints seth kaller, inc. î ‡ university archives
The Alexander Hamilton Collection The collection offered here contains hundreds of powerful documents from leaders, soldiers, citizens and the press, written when the Revolutionary War and Founding were current events. It includes singular treasures that would be a highlight of any Americana collection, as well as great depth of content. We look forward to finding an appropriate buyer who is inspired by history. The domain ahamilton.com is being sold with the Collection, along with the descriptions in the full catalog and museum-ready exhibit labels. As a personal interest, or for your company or favorite educational institution, library or museum, please call if you would like to explore this opportunity to take ownership of history. For philanthropic buyers, we have unparalleled experience arranging museum loans of single items or entire exhibits, and coordinating long-term deposits, appraisals and donations. We would relish the opportunity to continue working on the collection with the new owner, who can remain anonymous or be publicly acknowledged as a new part of the legacy of Alexander Hamilton and the founding of our nation.
The Alexander Hamilton Collection: A Show-Stopping Gathering of Highly Important Original Letters, Documents and Imprints (or, the Genius, Passions, and Foibles of the Founding Fathers) We are pleased to offer a unique collection of original documents that made American history. These documents tell the story of the orphan immigrant founding father who fought for independence, founded our financial system, and fostered a government capable of surviving internal factions and foreign foes. Alexander Hamilton letters and documents in the collection include: • one of his greatest love letters, to Elizabeth Schuyler: “You are certainly a little sorceress… and have rendered me as restless and unsatisfied with all about me, as if I was the inhabitant of another world”; • Hamilton’s letter rallying to defeat Jefferson after Washington declined a third term (Hamilton changed his tune four years later, when he considered Burr a greater danger); • a letter written on behalf of General Washington in October 1777; • Hamilton to Robert Morris on biases that affect New York taxes; • Hamilton and General Charles Lee’s former aide-de-camp avoid a new confrontation years after Hamilton served as a second in his friend John Laurens’ duel with Lee. Yes, Hamilton’s story includes hubris, infidelity, scandal, and tragedy. This collection captures that, and more, within the wider arc of the Revolution and Founding. The Collection includes: • the Declaration of Independence—official facsimile printed by order of Congress; • Benjamin Franklin’s electrifying letter on continuing support for the Declaration and his pleasure upon returning home after nine years as minister to France; • The Federalist Papers, first edition, from the estate of a Governor of Pennsylvania; • letters and documents of leaders and soldiers, among them a pay order for Philip Negro.
The collection features letters of the first three American Presidents: • George Washington’s uncharacteristically tongue-in-cheek letter to close friend Dr. James McHenry, cryptically confiding his dream of leaving the army; • a Washington letter preparing for a possible campaign after his victory at Yorktown; • John Adams crowing about the capture of 55 British Ships, but warning not to expect peace yet, as “The Heads of a King and Ministers is at Stake”; • another great Adams letter, reacting to the Reynolds scandal, asking of Hamilton: “Can talents atone for such turpitude? Can wisdom reside with such Gullibility?”; • Thomas Jefferson refusing to share private correspondence to protect unfiltered thoughts from “obloquy from bigots in religion, in politics, or in medicine.”
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Original printings of the Acts passed by Congress implementing Hamilton’s Assumption Plan, his 1790 Report on the Public Credit, the charter for the Bank of the United States, and the charter for the Society for Useful Manufactures; His 1784 Phocion pamphlet explaining Federalist positions on peace with Great Britain; Documentation of a Livingston’s slam against Hamilton in a near-riot at Federal Hall; and a letter detailing Hamilton’s related challenge of Commodore Nicholson to a duel; A rare printing of the “Reynolds Pamphlet,” in which he admits to infidelity but vigorously denies financial malfeasance; A lock of Hamilton’s hair, carefully preserved by his family for generations.
The Founding is represented in part by more than 40 exceptionally rare original acts of Congress signed by Thomas Jefferson or Edmund Randolph as Secretary of State, including the 1791 budget, and the Act for raising a farther sum of Money for the Protection of the Frontiers, which Hamilton used as a back-door approach to enact his Report on Manufactures tariff proposals. An Addendum features a collection of more than 900 original newspapers from 1800 to 1804 that capture the news of the new nation as it unfolds, with reports on the Hamilton-Burr duel printed in his own newspaper, and Jefferson’s First Inaugural and first four State of the Union addresses. Plus French Revolution and Haiti slave uprising reports, more Acts of Congress, legal cases such as Marbury v. Madison, and more politics, personalities, events, and issues. To see the full Alexander Hamilton catalog, visit www.AHamilton.com 2
Selected Highlights from the Collection John Hancock Helps Build Washington’s Army. Document Signed as President of the Continental Congress appointing Stephen Kimball Captain of the 14th Continental Regiment. July 1, 1775. Feb. 1776 Siege of Boston– Including African Americans and Native Americans. Signed by 34 men of Capt. Luke Drury’s Company. At least 23 of the signers were Grafton, Massachusetts-area Minutemen who had responded in April, 1775 to the Lexington-Concord Alarm, including Fortune Burnee, of African American and Native American heritage, joined by his half-brother, Joseph Anthony, who enlisted on April 29th and died in service. Tools Delivered to Defend New York, March 26 to April 2, 1776. From the papers of N.Y. Quartermaster General Nicholas Quackenbush. Common Sense, written in 1776—and Reprinted During the Early Years of Federalism. “The cause of America… is in a great measure the cause of all mankind.” The Works of Thomas Paine. London, 1796. Bound with “The Decline and Fall of the English System of Finance,” and “Observations on Mr. Paine’s Pamphlet Entitled the Decline and Fall of the English System of Finance,” Dublin, 1796. Declaration of Independence William Stone/Peter Force Facsimile, 1833. Copperplate engraving printed on thin wove paper. Imprint at bottom left, “W. J. STONE SC WASHn” Printed with the approval of Congress ca. 1833 by William Stone for Peter Force’s American Archives. The “Gun Wad” Bible—the British Reportedly Used These GermanLanguage Bibles for Cartridge Paper. Biblia, das ist: Die ganze Gottliche Heilige Schrift Alten und Neuen Testaments. Germantown, Pa: Christoph Saur, 1776. Inscribed by original owner Heinrich Miller of Hempfield, Pa. The “Holster Atlas” Designed for British Officers in the Revolution. [Robert Sayer and John Bennett]. Atlas of 6 engraved maps, original hand color in outline. The American Military Pocket Atlas; Being an Approved Collection of Correct Maps, Both General and Particular, of the British Colonies; Especially Those Which Now Are, or Probably May Be the Theatre of War…. London: . Six Days After Crossing the Delaware with Washington to Win the Crucial Victory at Trenton, and Three Days Before Fighting Again in the Battle of Princeton. 16th Continental Regiment Soldiers Manuscript Letter to Major General John Sullivan, December 31, 1776, requesting compensation for clothing lost in their hard marches and combat. 3
For Washington, Hamilton Confirms Hessian Troop Movement Intelligence. “His Excellency desires me to acknowledge the Receipt of yours of yesterday, and thanks you for the intelligence contained in it. He hopes you will soon be able to send him a confirmation with more certain particulars. I am Dr Sir / Yr most Obedt / A Hamilton.” Autograph Letter Signed, October 24, 1777. Aaron Burr and his Imprisoned Future Brother-in-Law. “I wish for no other security than his prudence and your Honour but as it is official, am obliged to prescribe to him the inclosed Parole.” Jonathan Beatty Autograph Letter to Aaron Burr regarding Peter DeVisme, May 23, 1779. Commissary of Prisoners Office, Middle Brook, N.J. John Jay’s “Thoughts on the Necessity of War,” 1776 Constitution of Virginia, and Maryland’s Declaration of Rights and Constitution. “A bankrupt faithless republic would … appear among reputable nations like a common prostitute among chaste and respectable matrons.” Printed in United States Magazine. “Circular Letter from the Continental Congress,” November 1779. Lord Stirling’s Attempt on Staten Island. “A party of our militia, who followed after the Continental Troops have surpassed the Hessians in plundering the Inhabitants.” Samuel Vickers Autograph Letter Signed, to Andrew Craigie. January 17, 1780. One of Hamilton’s Greatest Love Letters to Eliza: “you have made me disrelish every thing that used to please me, and have rendered me as restless and unsatisfied with all about me, as if I was the inhabitant of another world. ... I would go on, but the General summons me to ride....” Autograph Letter Signed to Elizabeth Schuyler, August 8, 1780. [Dobbs Ferry, New York]. John Adams Repeats Good Battle News Including Capture of 55 British Ships, but Warns: “You will not mistake this for a Promise or an Hope of Peace. This cannot be. The Heads of a King and Ministers is at Stake ... the Capture of 55 ships at once by the combined Fleets of France and Spain … have cast down the English Cause to such a degree, as to put them upon the compassionate List, even with some who detest their Tyranny.” Autograph Letter Signed, to William Churchill Houston, September 17, 1780. Amsterdam, Netherlands. Congress (and Washington) Order Pennsylvania Troops to Yorktown. Charles Thomson Document Signed as Secretary of Continental Congress, ordering General Arthur St. Clair to organize at Philadelphia and bring his men south to Yorktown. September 19, 1781. Washington’s End-Game: Pushing Southern States to Keep Pressure Up for Honorable Peace “the critical and dangerous situation to which all the southern States were reduced, was owing to the want of a sufficient regular force to oppose to that of the Enemy…. Happily the Scene is changed, and a moment is allowed us to rectify our past errors… But the greatest encouragement to a vigorous preparation is, that it will be the most likely method of gaining new Allies and forcing Great Britain into a negociation, which we have every reason to suppose would end in a peace honorable to the interests and views of America.” Letter Signed, to Benjamin Harrison, December 19, 1781.
Hamilton Countering Biases Affecting New York Taxes. “perhaps the true reason was a desire to discriminate between the whigs and tories. This chimerical attempt at perfect equality has resulted in total inequality.” Partial Autograph Manuscript draft, to Robert Morris. Philip Negro, An African American soldier from Connecticut, is paid for his Revolutionary War service. Washington Cryptically Dreams of Resigning, Feigns Insult and Teases McHenry for Delayed Answer to Queries on Funding the Army. “I was in pain … resolving (like a man in the last agony) not to follow the trade & occupation of a G---- [General] any more.… Do not my dear Doctor tease your Mistress in this manner – much less your Wife, when you get one.” Autograph Letter Signed to close friend and former personal secretary Dr. James McHenry, Newburgh, N.Y., August 15, 1782 A Soldier’s Revolutionary War Journal, Including Copy of Order Announcing Arnold’s Treason, John André’s Letter to George Washington, and Major Galvan’s Suicide Note. “Treason of the blackest dye was yesterday discovered. General Arnold who commanded at West Point, lost to every sentiment of honor … was about to deliver that important post into the hands of the enemy.” Joseph Balcom. Manuscript Journal and Account Book, 1782-1797. Sudbury, MA. Congress Begs the States for the Power to Regulate Trade and Negotiate Treaties. “The fortune of every citizen is interested in the success thereof [of trade]; for it is the constant source of wealth and incentive to industry; and the value of our produce and our land must ever rise or fall in proportion to the prosperous or adverse state of trade.…” Charles Thomson Document Signed as Secretary of the United States in Congress Assembled. Resolutions Concerning Foreign Commerce. April 30, 1784, [Annapolis, Maryland]. Hamilton Defends a British Merchant Sued for Wartime Use of a Patriot’s Property During the British Occupation of New York City. “The Barrack Master General ... gave his license and permission to the said Henry … a British Merchant under the protection of the said army and who from the time of his birth at all times since hath been and still is a subject of the said King of Great Britain…” Partial Autograph Manuscript draft legal plea in Tucker v. Thompson, c. May 1784 The Federalist, Selling the Constitution During Ratification Battle. “it seems to have been reserved to the people of this country to decide, by their conduct and example, the important question, whether societies of men are really capable or not, of establishing good government from reflection and choice, or whether they are forever destined to depend, for their political constitutions, on accident and force.” Alexander Hamilton, James Madison and John Jay. The Federalist: A Collection of Essays Written in Favor of the New Constitution, as Agreed upon by the Federal Convention, September 17, 1787. First edition. New York: John and Andrew M’Lean, 1788, in two vols.
“A Letter from Phocion to the Considerate Citizens of New-York, on the Politics of the Times, in Consequence of the Peace.” Hamilton’s third political tract, in which he articulates an early incarnation of the Federalist creed, including compliance with the 1783 peace treaty with Britain, an end to attacks on Tories and their property, and the submission of the states to the central authority of the United States. Pamphlet, 1784. Hamilton Drafts 1787 New York Act “for Raising Certain Yearly Taxes.” “the collectors shall have the same powers and shall be chargeable and answerable in the same manner for any default or neglect in respect to the collection of the said tax on lands as in respect to the collection of the said tax on inhabited dwelling houses…” Two pages of Hamilton’s Autograph Draft of a bill for “An Act for Raising Certain Yearly Taxes within This State.” The balance is in the Library of Congress. Benjamin Franklin on American Independence and Freedom of Commerce vs. Civil Liberty “People are almost unanimous in being satisfied with the Revolution ... the enthusiastic Joy with which the Day of the Declaration of Independence is every where annually celebrated, are indisputable Proofs of this Truth…. I am of the same Opinion with you respecting the Freedom of Commerce, in Countries especially where direct Taxes are practicable. This will be our Case in time when our wideextended Country fills up with Inhabitants… Nothing can be better express’d than your Sentiments are on this Point, where you prefer Liberty of Trading, Cultivating, Manufacturing, &c. even to political civil Liberty, this being affected but rarely, the others every Hour. Our Debt occasion’d by the War, being heavy, we are under the Necessity of using Imposts, and every Method we can think of to assist in raising a Revenue to discharge it; but in Sentiment we are well disposed to abolish Duties on Importation as soon as we possibly can afford to do so.” Autograph Letter Signed, to the Abbé André Morellet. April 22, 1787. Lady Washington’s Reception, 1789 N.Y. Engraving by Alexander Ritchie after Daniel Huntington. Includes Alexander (fifth from left) and Eliza Hamilton (second from left) along with George and Martha Washington, John and Abigail Adams, Thomas Jefferson, John Hancock, John Jay, Robert Morris, Benjamin Rush, etc. Jefferson-Signed Act of Congress Suspending Controversial 1789 “Collections Law.” Document Signed as Secretary of State. An Act further to suspend Part of an Act, entitled, An Act to regulate the Collection of the Duties imposed by Law on the Tonnage of Ships or Vessels, and on Goods, Wares and Merchandizes imported into the United States, and to amend the said Act, April 15, 1790. Our extensive search of institutional and market records did not locate any other Jefferson-signed copies of this Act. Hamilton’s Report on Public Credit: A Foundation of America’s Financial System. “To promote the increasing respectability of the American name; to answer the calls of justice … to cement more closely the union of the States; to add to their security against foreign attack; to establish public order on the basis of an upright and liberal policy;—these are the great and invaluable ends to be secured by a proper … support of public credit.” In the
Gazette of the United States, printed in N.Y. between January 20 and February 27, 1790. Includes Report of the Secretary of the Treasury…Relative to a Provision for the Support of the Public Credit of the United States…” Debates on the Assumption Plan, Washington’s Letter to the Hebrew Congregation of Savannah, Rhode Island’s Ratification of the Constitution. “I rejoice that a spirit of liberality and philanthropy is much more prevalent than it formerly was among the enlightened nations of the earth…” In Gazette of the United States, June 19, 1790. Jefferson-Signed Act of Congress Providing a Pension to the Daughter of Hamilton’s Close Friend, Revolutionary War Hero John Laurens. “That the widow or orphan of each officer, noncommissioned officer or soldier who was killed or died whilst in the service of the United States ... entitled to a pension ... shall receive a certificate therefor in like manner....” “An Act to Incorporate the Subscribers to the Bank of the United States.” In the Gazette of the United States, March 2, 1791. The Charter for Hamilton’s “Society for Establishing Useful Manufactures.” In the Gazette of the United States, September 10, 1791: “It is an almost self evident proposition that that community which can most completely supply its own wants is in a state of the highest political perfection. And both theory and experience conspire to prove that a nation (unless from a very peculiar coincidence of circumstances) cannot possess much active wealth but as the result of extensive manufactures.” Reporting to Hamilton on Intervention to Counter the Panic of 1792: “This will be a lesson to them & all violent speculators in future, & if we can parry the present evil, for 15 days, we shall do well, that is not turn out Bankrupts, but smart handsomely, by differences.” Philip Peter Livingston, Autograph Letter Signed as a director of the Bank of N.Y., March 21, 1792. Establishing a Mint. Act of Congress, printed in full in the Columbian Centinel, April 21, 1792. Hamilton’s Back-Door Implementation of His Report on Manufactures Tariff Proposals, in Jefferson-Signed Act of Congress Raising Funds to Protect the Nation’s Frontier “Wines, namely: Madeira, of the quality of London particular, per gallon, fifty-six cents…Spirits, distilled wholly or chiefly from grain: of the first class of proof, per gallon, twenty-eight cents … Beer, ale and porter, per gallon, eight cents; steel, per hundred weight, one hundred cents; nails, per pound, two cents…chocolate, per pound, three cents; playing cards per pack, twenty-five cents; shoes and slippers of silk, twenty cents....” Document Signed as Secretary of State. An Act for raising a farther sum of Money for the Protection of the Frontiers, and for other Purposes therein mentioned, May 2, 1792. This is the only Jefferson-signed copy known in private hands.
To Counter the Whiskey Rebellion, Congress Allows Washington to Call up to 80,000 Militia from Four States. “The President… is hereby authorized to require of the executives of the several States, to take effectual measures… to organize, arm and equip, according to law, and hold in readiness to march at a moment’s warning....” Edmund Randolph Document Signed as Secretary of State. May 9, 1794. Signed Act of Congress Taxing Licenses for Selling Wines and Foreign Distilled Spirits, June 5, 1794. A Pennsylvania Militia Vows to Fight for Their Liberty… Against the Whiskey Rebels. “With the Genuine ardour of Freeman agreed unanimously to march at a moments warning, in defence of their Rights, Liberty & Property.” George Fisher. Autograph Letter Signed, to John Gloninger, July 5, 1794. Harrisburg, PA. Signed Act of Congress Authorizing Loan of $2,000,000 to Stabilize Finances After the Whiskey Rebellion, December 18, 1794. Fighting for Neutrality: Signed Act of Congress Authorizing the President to Lay, Regulate and Revoke Embargoes, June 4, 1794. Signed Act of Congress Adjusting Naturalization Laws Governing the Path to Citizenship: “any alien, being a free white person, may be admitted to become a citizen of the United States, or any of them, on the following conditions, and not otherwise.” January 29, 1795. After Angelica Church’s Introduction, a French Duke’s Letter to Hamilton, with Notations by Alexander and later by Eliza Hamilton. La Rochefoucaud Liancourt. Autograph Letter Signed, to Alexander Hamilton, April 10, 1795. A Livingston Disses Hamilton, Nearly Launching Several Duels. On Saturday, July 18, 1795, a public gathering at New York’s City Hall nearly turned into a riot. News of a recently completed Treaty of Amity and Commerce with Great Britain, negotiated by John Jay, had arrived in the states and was seen by many as too easy on the British. As the meeting turned increasingly raucous, Hamilton attempted to defend the Treaty, but Republicans, carrying American and French flags, shouted him down. Here James Farquhar documents one of the insults: “I certify that Mr Edward Livingston did declare to a number of people in front of Federal Hall last Saturday, point to Alexander Hamilton, beware of him or he will ruin you.” On the verso, Hamilton wrote: “Intimates that Edwd Livingston said of H pointing at him “Beware of him or he will ruin you.” (Hamilton’s note was crossed out later, probably by a family member). A Declaration Signer’s Son Witnesses Hamilton Challenging Commodore Nicholson to a Duel: “I found the people of this City up in arms against the Treaty. They have burned it & treated Mr Jay with every mark of indignation. Col. Hamilton who stepped forward to argue upon the merits, & advocate it, was hissed, pelted with stones, & personally insulted by old Nicolson, & a host of Livingstons. He [Hamilton] has challenged the former, & means to fight his way through.” Staats Morris. Autograph Letter Signed to his older brother, Lewis Morris Jr. July 23, 1795. 8
Hamilton’s Advice to Holland Land Company on a New Law Relating to New York State’s Prohibition Against Foreigners Owning Land. “It is manifestly the interest of the parties concerned to avail themselves of this act. They are now intirely at the discretion of the Government” Autograph Manuscript Draft, to Théophile Cazenove, c. May 19, 1796. Washington’s Farewell Address—Drafted by Hamilton. “The unity of government which constitutes you one people is also now dear to you. It is justly so, for it is a main pillar in the edifice of your real independence, the support of your tranquility at home, your peace abroad; of your safety; of your prosperity; of that very liberty which you so highly prize.” Printed in The Gentleman’s Magazine and Historical Chronicle, Supplement for 1796. The General and Mrs. Washington at their Beloved Mount Vernon. Oil on canvas, c. 1840. Hamilton Supports Anyone but Jefferson to Replace Washington as President “Our excellent President as you have seen has declined a reelection. Tis all important to our Country that his successor shall be a safe man. But tis far less important, who of many men that may be named shall be the person, than that it shall not be Jefferson. We have every thing to fear if this man comes in; and from what I believe to be an accurate view of our political map I conclude that he has too good a chance of success, and that good calculation prudence and exertion were never more necessary to the foederal cause than at this very critical juncture. All personal and partial considerations must be discarded, and every thing must give way to the great object of excluding Jefferson.” Hamilton’s heavily marked and edited draft letter. Possibly to Jeremiah Wadsworth. c. November 8, 1796. The Only Known Hamilton Document on James Reynolds Legal Case. In 1791 to 1792, Hamilton and Maria Reynolds had an affair, leading to Hamilton being blackmailed by her husband James Reynolds. In November 1792, James was imprisoned in a scheme to purchase the pensions and pay claims of Revolutionary War soldiers. Here, after Hamilton’s affair was known to James Monroe, but only months before news of the scandal exploded, Hamilton was somehow involved in a legal case having to do with James Reynolds. Autograph Manuscript, c. November 1796. Hamilton’s Infamous Reynolds Pamphlet. “The charge against me is a connection with one James Reynolds for purposes of improper pecuniary speculation. My real crime is an amorous connection with his wife, for a considerable time with his privity and connivance, if not originally brought on by a combination of the husband and wife with the design to extort money from me.” Pamphlet. Observations on Certain Documents Contained in “The History of the United States for the Year 1796,” in Which the Charge of Speculation Against Alexander Hamilton… is Fully Refuted. Written by Himself. Reprinted by his enemies during election of 1800. [William Duane], “Pro Bono Publico.”
John Adams Reacts to the “Reynolds Pamphlet”: “Can talents atone for such turpitude? Can wisdom reside with such Gullibility?... Mr Locke says the world has all sorts of men. All degrees of human wisdom are mixed with all degrees of human Folly. To me, and I believe, to you, this world would be a Region of Torment, if such a Recollection existed in our memories.” Autograph Letter Signed as President, to Samuel B. Malcolm, September 17, 1797. Hamilton Goes After John Adams—Right Before the Election of 1800. Letter from Alexander Hamilton, Concerning the Public Conduct and Character of John Adams, Esq. President of the United States. Pamphlet, N.Y., 1800. Re-printed Pro Bono Publico, Philadelphia. Hamilton and a Former Aide-de-camp of General Charles Lee Avoid a New Confrontation Years After Hamilton Served as a Second in John Laurens’ Duel with Gen. Charles Lee Gen. John Skey Eustace Autograph Letter Signed, with Hamilton’s autograph draft response on verso, January 10, 1799: “You are perfectly right, Sir, in calling the Story you mention a more than ridiculous one. To confirm this conclusion, it is not necessary for me to tell you that I had not the most distant idea of your having written any thing which could give me displeasure. Of course, no step to satisfy myself better of this is requisite. With consideration/ I remain Sir yr obed Servt AH” With Hamilton’s docketing on verso, and note: “silly story about a duel.” Thomas Paine: “Contentment.” Unique Autograph Poem Signed “T.P.,” to Mrs. Barlow. “This prayer is Common Sense./ Let others choose another plan,/ I mean no fault to find,/ The true Theology of Man/ Is happiness of Mind. T.P.” To Avoid Abuse from “bigots in religion, in politics, or in medicine,” Jefferson Declines to Publish Benjamin Rush’s Correspondence. The retired Jefferson will not consent to or assist in the publication of Rush’s letters, “or their getting into hands which might expose him, living, or his character when dead, to obloquy from bigots in religion, in politics, or in medicine. When we are pouring our inmost thoughts into the bosom of a friend, we lose sight of the world, we see ourselves only in confabulation with another self; we are off our guard; write hastily; hazard thoughts of the first impression; yield to momentary excitement; because, if we err, no harm is done; it is to a friend we have committed ourselves, who knows us, who will not betray us…; but for this confidence, we should reconsider, weigh, correct, perhaps reject, on the more mature reflections and dictates of our reason. To fasten a man down to all his unreflected expressions, and to publish him to the world in that as his serious & settled form, is a surprise on his judgment and character. I do not mean an inference that there is anything of this character in Doctor Rush’s letters to me: but only that…I do not think it within the office of a friend to give them a publicity which he probably did not contemplate.…” Autograph Letter Signed, to James Mease, Aug. 17, 1816. Lock of Alexander Hamilton’s Hair. From a direct descendant of Alexander and Eliza Hamilton. Approximately 20 auburn strands, with a few graying or whitening, between 4 and 5 inches in length.
More than 900 Original Newspapers from 1800-1804 Capturing the Stories Unfolding. The Columbian Centinel, January to December, 1800. Includes coverage of Washington’s funeral, the “Revolution of 1800”; Hamilton’s election as President of the Society of the Cincinnati; westward expansion; pro-Federalist commentary; debates in Congress; official legislation; important speeches, letters, addresses by and about Jefferson. New-York Spectator, October 4, 1800–September 30, 1801. Includes Hamilton’s reelection as councilor to the New York Manumission Society; Gabriel Prosser’s Slave Rebellion; Toussaint L’Ouverture’s Proclamations; Jefferson’s election and Inaugural Address; Congress Convenes its first session in Washington, D.C.; President John Adams appoints John Marshall Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. New-York Evening Post, November 17, 1801 to May 30, 1802. A rare run of the paper Hamilton founded. Includes the first publication of the 18-letter series attributed to Hamilton responding to Jefferson’s first State of the Union Address, and extensive background on the duel and death of Philip Hamilton. New-York Herald, March 31–December 22, 1802. The evening paper version of the Post, also co-founded by Hamilton. Includes repeal of Federalist legislation; The New Naturalization Act; attack dog James Callender turns on Jefferson; Jefferson’s Second State of the Union Address. The New-York Herald, January 1–December 31, 1803. Includes the Louisiana Purchase; Marbury v. Madison; Debates over Naturalization Laws and Freedom of the Press, Jefferson’s Third State of the Union. The New-York Herald, January 4–December 29, 1804. Includes the Hamilton-Burr Duel, Hamilton’s Funeral, & Thomas Jefferson’s Fourth State of the Union, News of Louisiana Purchase. “With emotions we have not a hand to inscribe, have we to announce the death of ALEXANDER HAMILTON. He was ruthlessly cut off in the 48th year of his age, in the full vigor of his faculties and in the midst of all his usefulness. We have not the firmness to depict this melancholy, heart-rending event. Now- when death has extinguished all party animosity, the gloom that overspreads every countenance…” The Aurora, January–December 1804. Includes First Printings of four Thomas Paine Essays (Aug. 7, very critical “Remarks on Governeur [sic] Morris’s Funeral Oration of General Hamilton,” signed “Common Sense”; Aug. 23, continuing the attack on Hamilton in “Nonsense from New York”; Sept. 22, one of Paine’s greatest antislavery statements: “To the French Inhabitants of Louisiana,” signed “Common Sense.” More news of the Hamilton-Burr Duel; Hamilton’s Funeral Proceedings; Louisiana Purchase Celebrations; Jefferson’s Fourth State of the Union Address.
Thirty-one Rare Signed Acts of Congress from 1794-95. Each signed by Edmund Randolph, Jefferson’s successor as Secretary of State, and sent to Connecticut Governor Samuel Huntington. Also signed in type by George Washington as President. After Randolph became the second Secretary of State on Jan. 2, 1794, as Congress directed, he continued signing copies of Congressional acts for the States. Very few original signed copies of the Acts survive; with the examples in the Collection proper, this is likely the largest such group outside of the Library of Congress. Among the Acts in the Collection, from 1794: Prohibiting… Exportation of Arms and Ammunition, and encouraging Importation of the same, May 22. Providing for the Payment of the Second Instalment due on a Loan made of the Bank of the United States, June 4. Laying duties upon Carriages for the conveyance of persons..., June 5. Laying additional Duties on Goods, Wares, and Merchandise imported into the United States, June 7. Making further and more effectual provision for Protection of the Frontiers of the United States, June 7. An Act supplementary to … promote the progress of Useful Arts (the Patent Act), June 7. Amending an act to enable the officers and soldiers of the Virginia line on Continental establishment, to obtain titles to certain Land, June 9. From 1795: Authorizing the transfer of the stock standing to the credit of certain States, January 2. Providing for the payment of certain instalments of foreign debts…, January 8. Further extending the time for receiving on loan the domestic debt…, [and] an Act to authorize the allowance of drawback on part of the cargo of the ship Enterprize and An Act to amend the act intituled An act making alterations in the Treasury and War Departments, February 13. Authorizing the erection of a lighthouse near the entrance of George-Town harbor, February 21. To provide some present relief to the officers of government and other citizens who have suffered in their property by the insurgents in the western counties of Pennsylvania, February 27. Making further appropriations for the military and naval establishments, and for the support of Government, March 3. For the more effectual recovery of debts due from individuals to the United States and An Act authorizing the exportation of arms, cannon and military stores in certain cases, March 3. A complete set of letters/documents by the 38 Signers of the Constitution. Including Hamilton—the only signer from New York—and Benjamin Franklin, Nathaniel Gorham, Rufus King, James Madison, James McHenry, Robert Morris, George Washington, James Wilson, etc.
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For detailed descriptions, and more of our historic offerings, visit www.sethkaller.com, or call (914) 289-1776.
Alexander Hamilton Autograph Letter draft regarding Jefferson and the presidential election of 1796.
Seth Kaller, Inc.
Seth Kaller, President historic documents & legacy collections
John Reznikoff, President artifacts, letters & relics
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