PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE NEW YORK COLLECTION
HAMILTON, Alexander. Autograph letter signed ("A. Hamilton"), to Alexander Richards, New York 24 April 1800. 1 page, 8vo. WITH AUTOGRAPH ENDORSEMENT SIGNED BY HAMILTON'S WIFE ELIZA. Autograph receipt on verso from Alexander Richards to John Dobbs dated 25 April 1800.
A RARE PAIRING OF ALEXANDER HAMILTON AND HIS WIFE ELIZA in this request to a tradesman: "You will deliver the bearer a Cord of wood for my wife." Beneath that Eliza writes: "the Bearer has delivered the Cord of Wood as directed." Elizabeth ("Eliza") Schuyler Hamilton (1757-1854) was Hamilton's devoted wife for 24 years. They married while Hamilton was still in the army during the Revolutionary War, and she survived him by 50 years. Hamilton called her the "best of wives and best of women." After his death she was an active philanthropist, and helped found the New York Orphan Asylum Society. -- HAMILTON. Autograph letter signed ("A. Hamilton") to Capt. Stille, New York, 22 July 1800. 1 page, 8vo, browned. HAMILTON APPLIES FOR A HABEAS CORPUS PETITION ON BEHALF OF A CLIENT: "Your express has been unavoidably detained in order to obtain from the court a Habeas Corpus. It is now just to the sheriff. But it is desirable if practicable to have some witness who knows most of the circumstances and can best repel the allegation of the felonious taking of articles. This with regard to the private men may be of some importance." -- [HAMILTON.] Draft letter with a cancelled secretarial signature, n.d., to unknown recipient. 1 page, 4to. "The situation in which you occupy the lands in your possession in the manor of Rensselaerwyck must of course make you anxious to be put upon a more certain and explicit footing. On my part it is my wish to merely to do justice but to act liberally towards those with whom I have any concerns..." Together 3 items. (3)