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    [Alexander Hamilton]. Gouverneur Morris, Rufus King, Egbert Benson, Oliver Wolcott, Jr., and Charles Wilkes Certificate Signed Regarding the Estate of Alexander Hamilton. One page, 6.5" x 6", New York, November 29, 1804. This certificate, handwritten as "No. 49" and issued four months after Hamilton's fatal duel with Aaron Burr, reads in part: "Certificate to John B. Coles for a Share in the Trust intended in a certain Writing of this date, relative to the Estate of Alexander Hamilton, deceased; and this Certificate to be assigned . . . as a payment of Two Hundred Dollars." Below the printed text are the clearly-written signatures of the five men as trustees. The document is toned with smoothed folds.

    Despite his role as one of the founders of the United States' financial system, Alexander Hamilton died insolvent with few liquid assets. Gouverneur Morris, who gave the statesman's funeral oration, was concerned about the large amount of debts Hamilton had left behind. Secretly, Morris, King, Benson, Wolcott, Wilkes and over one hundred other close friends of Hamilton worked with the Bank of New York to issue and purchase these shares, which resulted in proceeds of near $80,000. This fund was such a well-guarded secret that few knew of it until 1937.

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