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Hamilton, Alexander (1755-1804) to Francois Marquis de Barbe-Marbois

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC00012 Author/Creator: Hamilton, Alexander (1755-1804) Place Written: Preakness, New Jersey Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 12 October 1780 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: To Marbois, the secretary of the French Ambassador, who later served as Intendent of Santo Domingo and minister of finance under Napoleon, under whom he sold Louisiana to the U.S. Hamilton concludes his letter by agreeing with Marbois about America's "feebleness and temporary expedients" in military affairs; and notes that he views "our affairs in a gloomy light." Hamilton ends by mentioning rumors of a peace congress by the neutral powers at the Hague. (This may refer to the attempt by Catherine of Russia to mediate the dispute.) Place of writing supplied from Hamilton Papers.

People: Hamilton, Alexander, 1757-1804.
Barb\E9-Marbois, Fran\E7ois, marquis de, 1745-1837.

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Keywords/Subjects: Economics, France, Prisoner of War, Treaty, Global History and US Foreign Policy, Global History and US Foreign Policy

Sub Era: The War for Independence