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    Alexander Hamilton Writes to Declaration Signer William Ellery, 1791 Manuscript Letter Signed twice "Alex. Hamilton" at the close of the letter and "Free A. Hamilton" on the address leaf. Two pages with integral address leaf, Treasury Department, May 30, 1791, to William Ellery as Collector of the Customs at New Port. Hamilton, the first and most influential secretary of the treasury writes regarding a revenue matter, it reads, in part: "The Ship Warren having been (though very irregularly) supplied with a coasting licence [sic], manifest and permit, I do not think it safe to direct a prosecution of the Captain...You will find on examining the laws that the Warren's departure from Providence for a port, not being foreign, did not subject her to any consequences, which required the institution of a suit...I wish to know if Captain Smith left his coasting papers with you, agreeably to law, before his departure for India..." It is addressed from the Treasury Department and has two cancellations- "FREE" and "I / IV". Hamilton's free frank signature makes this even more collectible. The association between Ellery, a representative from Rhode Island who signed the Declaration, and Hamilton, an influential delegate to the Constitutional Convention and founder of the Federalist Party makes this an extremely desirable historical manuscript. Condition is very good, mailing folds with some paper tearing affecting a little text caused by the red wax seal, still present; writing is clear and dark.

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