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|Collection Reference Number
|From Archive Folder
|Documents Relating to 1780
|Alexander Hamilton to Francois Marquis de Barbé-Marbois about America's weakness
|12 October 1780
|Hamilton, Alexander (ca. 1757-1804)
|Barbé-Marbois, François, Marquis de
|To Marbois, the secretary of the French Ambassador, who later served as Intendant 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.
|Economics France Prisoner of War Treaty Global History and Civics
|Hamilton, Alexander (ca. 1757-1804) Barbé-Marbois, François, Marquis de (1745-1837)
|Preakness, New Jersey
|The American Revolution; Foreign Affairs
|The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1493-1859
|Notes: Syrett, Papers of Alexander Hamilton, 2: 471-72. Hamilton had written to Barbé-Marbois 17 August concerning obtaining the release from prison of Barbé-Marbois's brothers. Compare Hamilton to Milton's description of Hell in Paradise Lost 1. 62-64: "…yet from those flames / No light, but rather darkness visible / Serv'd only to discover sights of woe…." Signer of the U.S. Constitution.
|The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
|Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859