PROPERTY OF A SOUTH FLORIDA COLLECTORHAMILTON, Alexander. Autograph letter signed ("A. Hamilton"), as Treasury Secretary, to Samuel Otis, 24 January 1795. 1 page, 4to.
HAMILTON, Alexander. Autograph letter signed ("A. Hamilton"), as Treasury Secretary, to Samuel Otis, 24 January 1795. 1 page, 4to. HAMILTON BORROWS ONE OF HIS REPORTS A WEEK BEFORE RESIGNING HIS OFFICE. Just one week before resigning his post as Treasury secretary, Hamilton asks the Clerk of the Senate, Samuel Otis (1740-1814) to return a Report for his use: "Presuming that the Senate has not ordered it to be printed--if Mr. Otis can spare me till Monday my late Report to the Senate it will oblige me." In a postscript he adds, "He will please send it to my house Corner of 10th Street." Hamilton likely wanted to make a memorandum about one his reports in preparation for his return to private life. He came back into public service under President Adams, and prepared to mobilize a force for war against France. Washington was to head the Army with Hamilton as his second-in-command. Diplomacy--and Adams's reluctance to give Hamilton an opportunity for martial glory--averted hostilities. The recipient of this letter, Samuel Otis, holds the distinction of being the man who held the Bible for George Washington when he took the oath of office in 1789. Otis was secretary of the Senate from 1789 until his death in 1814.