Lot #126
Alexander Hamilton

Hamilton readies militia clothing during the Whiskey Rebellion
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Hamilton readies militia clothing during the Whiskey Rebellion

Sought-after unsigned note written in the hand of Alexander Hamilton as secretary of the treasury, one page, 6 x 7.75, September 24, 1794. In full: "Mr. Hodgson will please to furnish me with a return of all articles in Cloathing remaining in Store—to day if possible." Affixed along its left edge to a slightly larger sheet. In fine condition, with light show-through from docketing on the reverse. Samuel Hodgson (1745-1824) was commissioned superintendent of military stores in April 1794, and served until Thomas Jefferson's election in 1800. On September 19, 1794, Hamilton issued a request to President Washington asking permission to send military to western Pennsylvania as a means of quelling the Whiskey Rebellion. The clothing referenced in this note were thus intended for the militia soon to head to the state's southwestern revolts.

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  • Auction Title: Fine Autographs and Artifacts
  • Dates: December 14 - January 09

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