Hamilton, the primary Secretary of the Treasury who’s been getting renewed consideration lately due to the hit Broadway musical that bears his identify, wrote the letter to the Marquis de Lafayette, the French aristocrat who served as a common within the Continental Military.
Dated July 21, 1780, it particulars an imminent British risk to French forces in Rhode Island.
“We’ve simply acquired recommendation from New York via completely different channels that the enemy are making an embarkation with which they menace the French fleet and armed forces,” Hamilton wrote. “Fifty transports are mentioned to have gone up the Sound to soak up troops and proceed on to Rhode Island.”
It’s signed “Yr. Most Obedt, A. Hamilton, Aide de Camp.”
The letter was forwarded by Massachusetts Gen. William Heath to state leaders, together with a request for troops to assist French allies, Galvin’s workplace mentioned.
The letter was believed to have been stolen throughout World Battle II by a state archives employee, then bought privately.
It resurfaced a number of years in the past when an auctioneer in Virginia acquired it from a household that wished to promote it. The public sale home decided it had been stolen and contacted the FBI. A federal appeals courtroom dominated in October that it belonged to the state.
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