Manuscript/Mixed Material George Washington to Alexander Hamilton, August 28, 1788
imagine how the watch of a British officer, killed within their lines, should have fallen into his hands who was many miles distant from the scene of action, yet, if it so happened, I flatter myself there will be no reluctance or delay in restoring it to the family.77
As the perusal of the political papers under the signature of Publius has afforded me great satisfaction, I shall certainly consider them as claiming a most distinguished place in my Library. I have read every performance which has been printed on one side and the other of the great question lately agitated (so far as I have been able to obtain them) and, without an unmeaning compliment, I will say, that I have seen no other so well calculated (in my judgment) to produce conviction on an unbiased Mind, as the Production of your triumvirate .78 When the transient circumstances and fugitive performances which attended this Crisis shall have disappeared, That Work79 will merit the Notice of Posterity; because in it are candidly and ably discussed the principles of freedom and the topics of government, which will be always interesting to mankind so long as they shall be connected in Civil Society.
The circular letter from your Convention, I presume, was the
77. Hamilton's letter states that Captain Cochran, of the British Navy (Hamilton later calls him Major Cochran), requested the return of his brother's watch. His brother was killed at Yorktown and General Morgan is stated to have purchased the watch, for a trifle, from a British soldier.
78. Madison, Hamilton, and Jay.
79. Now known as The Federalist.
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- George Washington Papers, Series 2, Letterbooks 1754-1799: Letterbook 15, Feb. 22, 1788 - Nov. 14, 1788
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