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Collection Reference Number GLC04869
From Archive Folder Documents Relating to 1789 
Title Alexander Hamilton to Pierre Van Cortlandt
Date 16 February 1789
Author Hamilton, Alexander (ca. 1757-1804)  
Recipient Van Cortlandt, Pierre  
Document Type Correspondence
Content Description Refers to an enclosed letter (not present). Asks New York Lieutenant Governor Pierre Van Cortlandt to support the Federalist strategy to defeat New York Governor George Clinton by withdrawing from gubernatorial race. ". . . withdraw from a competition in which your friends can promise themselves no advantage to you and perceive much disadvantage to the cause they have so earnestly at heart-the removal of the present governor."
Subjects American Statesmen  Government and Civics  Politics  Election  Federalists  
People Hamilton, Alexander (ca. 1757-1804)  Van Cortlandt, Pierre (1721-1814)  
Place written New York, New York
Theme Government & Politics
Sub-collection The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1493-1859
Additional Information Van Cortlandt was lieutenant governor 1778-1795. The enclosed letter referred to was the report of a meeting of New York Federalists who had chosen Van Cortlandt to be the running-mate of gubernatorial candidate Robert Yates. Cortlandt did run with Yates but Clinton still defeated the Federalists. Signer of the U.S. Constitution.
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859
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