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who have had the effrontery to come presented by your Remonstrants;
Signed by all the walls of the ted them; in so much so, that all
Streets, Lanes, and Squares strangers coming to this city bave
in the City and Suburbs of been astonished at the circumstance,
Edinburgh, the ist day of and never once imputed the fault to
January, in the year of our your Remonstrants, but to the obsti.
Lord 1806. na y and stupidity of the Petitioners who complain: That it appears to the Remonstrants that the only cause Memoirs of the late GENERAL HA. that can po sibly be assigned tor this extraordinary conduct, is a deplorable want of common sensibility in the From British Public Characters. part of the Petitioners; that instead of aruteneɛs, they posse's a numbriess THE
'HE late Alexander Hamilton or torpidity, which deprives them of was descended from a respecta. all perception of propriety, regula- ble Scotch family, settled for some rity, and order ; and leads them, like centuries in the county of Ayr. His a drunk man, or an idiot, jostling a. grandtather, Alexander Hamilton of gainst every thing which otheru ise Grange, married Elizabeth, the tl.cy might easily avoid, and which, daughter of Sir Robert Pollock, of notwithstanding the inconvenience Pollock, in Renfrewshire, by whom they every moment experience, dis. he had a
numerous progeny. In poses them sluggishly and insensibly consequence of the feudal laws, which to proceed on, day after day, with confer all on the eldest; the General's the same stupidity: That, till this father, who happened to be a fourth unhappy defect, (whether natural or son, was of course obliged to seek acquired) be rectified, it appears evi- his fortune abroad. He accordingly dent to your Remonstrants, that no- removed to the West Indies, and thing effectual can be done to estab, having settled in the island of St lish either regularity, order, method, Vincent, married an American lady. or convenience in this city, and that Alexander, the fruit of this alliinstead of expedition, dispatch, and ance, was sent to his mother's relacorrectness, nothing but confusion, tions at New York, for his education; delay, and imperfect execution will and having been placed at Columbia prevail.
College, in that State, made great May it therefore please your Ho- progress in his studies.
nours, to exculpate the Remon. The war having commenced while strants from the unjust charges he was in one of the upper classes, brought against them by the like many other school-boys, he bePetitioners, and to establish such came ambitious to distinguish himlaws and regulations as may self; and, having made some progress seem most likely to remedy the in mathematics, he determined to apdefects, and eradicate the evilo rc. ply himself to that, branch of tactics
more immediately connected with ge- 124 per cent. should be raised by his ometry.
administration to 1400-an extreme Having accordingly raised a com- price, to be sure, at which it did not pany of matrosses, or artillerymen, stand long; but at
120, millions Captain Hamilton took the field, were sold even in London ; and from and conducted himself in such a that day to the present no debt in manner as to obtain the notice of Europe has maintained or deserved a the Commander in chief. In conse- better credit. quence of this he was taken into His report on this subject to the General Washington's family as an House of Representatives will remain aide.de camp, and served under him at all times a monument of that veruntil the capture of Lord Corn. satility of genius, by which he was wallis's army rendered all the hopes enabled to combine the drudgery of and efforts of England unavailing. official detail with the luminous ideas
At the close of the war he betook of general policy; and it will be rehimself to the practice of the law, in meinbered, to his honour, of which which he made a brilliant figure, as he had the highest notions, that his well as in the legislature of the state fingers were never soiled by any perof New York, and the congress sonal gain in these transactions, which the United States.
offered so great and evident an opporHe at this time wrote his • Pho- tunity, and by which his country cion,' a work which, like all his o- was so much enriched. ther performances, discovered a strong On those subjects which agitated mind, enriched by application to stu. the government of the United States dy.
during the late war in Europe, when He made great efforts to conciliate it was necessary to observe so nice a the citizens of the United States conduct to avoid insult, or rather to with those royalists who remained in obtain redress for injuries received on America at the evacuation of New the one han and to keep clear of York ; for his politics were always of the contest on the other, his publithe liberal cast. · By this means he cations under the signature of « Parendered essential service to his coun- cificus,” had an evident tendency to try, by encreasing the number at calm the public mind; nor can it be least of its citizens ; and obtained for doubted that his councils in the cabihimself the esteem and affection of net of the United States had their those who had been opposed to him due weight in promoting the bloodin politics while the contest lasted. less mode of adjusting differences
At the promulgation of the new without compromising the honour of constitution, he is said to have united the nation, in which chat infant counwith Mr Jay and Mr Madison in try has set an example so worthy the publishing the work called." The imitation of other states. Federalist."
In his natural disposition, General But although it be difficult to say Hamilton may be said to have been a whether he shone most in the charac. man of more ambition than pride ; ter of a soldier, a lawyer, or a politi- he wished to stand prominently in cian, his arrangement of the finances the public opinion, but was not over of the United States has been the solicitous for official situations; he subject of the highest and most gene- quitted the secretaryship of the trearal commendation. It will scarcely sury for
It will scarcely sury for private life, and resumed the be credited by the next generation, profession of the law for subsistence; that a debt, which was selling in the but there have been no great occamarket at the depreciated rate of sions in which, though a private citi
zen, his talents have not been called gents of foreign powers--officers of forth. It is said that he had a pen the army and navy-military and nachant towards monarchy, and it is val officers of foreign powers militia not improbable that he wished a officers of the state--the various offi. change in the constitution, that would cers of the respective banks--chamadd something to the strength of the ber of commerce and merchantsexecutive government. His manners wardens of the port, and masters of were so condescending and sociable, vessels in harbour--the president, and he sought information, even on professors, and students of Columbia the subjects of his own official re. college - Tammany Society - Me. ports, from all ranks of citizens, with chanic society-Marine society-ciso much ease and affability, that in tizens in general. other times and countries he would I he military marched with arms have been a dangerous citizen. reversed, and exhibited a very splen
In the year 1780 he married the did spectacle. Thus formed, the second daughter of the late General procession, which was numerous, exSchuyler, by whom he had several tensive, and respectable, moved with children, and thus became connected solemn step, accompanied with the with one of the most respectable fa. awful tolling of the bells, and the milies in the state.
firing of minute guns from the batteHe is not supposed to have died ry, through Beekman, Pearl, and rich, for his expences while in public White-hall streets, and up Broadway life are known to have exceeded the to Trinity church, where the militarevenue assigned by the constitution ry halted, opened to the right and of the United States. His practice left, and came to order with reversed as a lawyer was indeed lucrative ; yet arms. The rear of the procession as he entertained a scorn for wealth, marched through the avenue tbus it cannot be supposed that he took formed to the front of Trinity the readiest way to amass riches. church, where Mr Morris was to de
The particulars of his death are liver the funeral oration to the imtoo well known; but we shall here mense concourse of assembled and subjoin an account of his funeral, anxious spectators. which it will be seen was conducted Within the elegant portico of this in such a manner as to be connected venerable temple was erected a stage, with the politics of the day.
covered with a carpet, and furnished In conformity to previous arrange. with two chairs ; one for the orator, ments, the procession was formed in who sat in the middle, the other for Robinson street, where the deceased Mr J. B. Church, a relative and exe. General lay, about twelve o'clock, cutor of the deceased. Around the The following was the order : the stage, upon the ground, stood the artillery-the 6th regiment of militia afflicted relatives and associates of -flank companies--Cincinnati Soci- the General, the members of the ety-a numerous train of clergy of Cincinnati, the clergy, and all who all denominations the Corpse, with with decency could approach it. pall bearers- the general's horse ap. The scene was impressive ; and what propriately dressed his children and added unspeakably to its solemnity, relatives - physicians Governor was the mournful group of tender Morris, the funeral oratør, in his boys, the sons, once the hopes, and carriage-the gentlemen of the bar joys of the deceased, who, with tears the Lieutenant Governor of the gushing from their eyes, sat upon State, in his carriage-corporation of the stage, at the feet of the orator, the city of New York-resident a- bewailing the loss of their parent!
When all things were arranged, “ Washington, with whom he had and the din of arms and the bustle of toiled, and by whose side he had trathe crowd had subsided, Mr Morris velled through every stage of our rerose, and having approached the volutionary contest ;-Washington, front of the stage, under which the who saw his manly struggles in the corpse of General Hamilton was convention, and best knew how to placed, addressed the audience as promote his country's welfare, called follows:
him, under the new constitution, to You are not to ex- preside over an important department pect in me the public orator; you of government. Here he displayed will find nothing but the lamenta. all the talents of a great financier. tions of a bewailing friend.
He organised the government, and “ His life (pointing at the corpse) imparted to it a tone according with was one of honous and glory. When correct notions of its stability, and our revolution began, his fame was the permanent interest and happiness Reard of before his person was seen. of the country. At this period we
" Washington, that excellent had no credit ; he fixed it upon a judge of human nature, perceived his sure and permanent basis, and called virtues, appreciated his talents, en- our resources into profitable and glo. trusted him with his confidence, and rious activity. But he met with opu made him his bosom friend.
position, and retired from public life “ At the battle of York, he dis- to the pursuit of his profession, in played alike his valour and his huma- which he became the ornament of nity. The excesses of the gallant the bar, and a paragon of integrity army opposed to us, had excited e. to his clients. The welfare of a nu. motions of resentment in the Ameri- merous family called for an exertion can soldiery, which required his su- of his great professional talents. perior mind to repress. At the head “ Menaced with dangers from of a forlorn hope he attacked the re. without, Washington was forced doubt of the enemy, and was victo. from his beloved retirement to the rious. That occurrence gave us field, This great man had not forpeace.
gotten the young hero who, early in “ His studiousness, his compre- the revolucion, had attracted bis na. hensive mind, his wisdom, his elo. tice. I beseech you, my countryquence, called him to the convention men, to mark another instance of his in which originated your constitution, discernment, affection, and esteem. and presented you with a national He viewed the deceased as worthy of code. Here I saw him labour inde. being the second in command. He fatigably for his country's good. was appointed major-general of our His soul was absorbed in considering army. Washington deemed him, in what would best establish and pre- case of accident, perhaps the only serve well-regulated liberty. When man in whose hands, which now lie the labours of the convention were cold in his coffin, the sword and closed, he frankly expressed a doubt purse of America could be safely en. of the fitness of the constitution to trusted. maintain, with necessary, energy,
" He toiled incessantly with manpublic freedom. He relied, howe- ly firmness against popular zeal ; and ver, my countrymen, on your wis-snatched you, in spite of yourselves, dom, your virtue, but more on the from impending ruin. His solicitude over.ruling Power before whom we was for you; for himself he feared are solemnly assembled.
“ He had been charged with am. sed and illustrious friend I beseeck bition. When he retired from the you to be calm and tranquil. army, of which he was major-general, Respected collegians (addressing he declared he would never again ac. himself to them. ) in your academical cept of an office unless his country pursuits, remember that Hamilton was endangered by actual foreign in. was your patron. Imitate his virvasion. Firm to his purpose, faith- turs, revere bis talents, respect his ful to himself, his determinations greatness. were irreversible. No power could " And you, gentlemen of the bar, divert bim from them. He was ri. which he illuminated with his genius, gid and inic xible.
study the example he has left of his “ But he was not ambitious. I exemplary integrity to his clients. declare, in the presence of that great He was the ornament of your profesBeing before whom we are now spe.
sion. cially assembled, that in all our con- “ And you, brothers of the Soci. versations, in all his meditations, he ety of the Cincinnati, you who knew was solicitous only for the welfare of him in the day of affliction, remember his country.
He was sincere and af. his wisdom and eloquence in the cabifectionare. His heart, faithful to net, his activity and valour in the itself, never knew how to conceal field. what it felt. He placed it in his “ And you, reverend clergy, achand; exhibited it to the people, company the body of the deceased to and challenged rigid inspection. He the place of its interment, and perknew no guile ; he knew not how to form your holy functions, the last dissemble.
sad office you can now bestow. “But although retired from of. face, he never for a moment in his private capacity suffered his attention SUPPLEMENT to a Tour thro' some of to be diverted from public business. He was a zealous friend to liberty.
the Shetland Islands in 1804. He was attentive, watchful, and active, to preserve it. He feared lest (See Scots Mag. for June and August popular zeal would place the pre
1805.) cious deposit in insincere and un. sound hands. He dreaded factions, SINCE my remarks on Shetland and was apprehensive that their col- were published, a few inaccuralisions would injure it. For my çies have been pointed out to me, friends, my countrymen, I beseech which I beg leave to correct :- Some you not to trust to profesion. Look of my observations have, I find, been into, examine facts, and by these misconstrued ; these I shall endeajudge of public measures.
vour to render more plain :-And I “ Your sensibility is awakened, I shall interweave some additional articannot enter into a consideration of cles of information which have latethe causes that have produced the ly come to my knowledge. melancholy event which has brought 1. Nofs Island. In the Magazine us together. I will not-I ought for June last, p. 233. I have stated, not to endeavour to excite that in that the tenant of Noss pays L 50. dignation which you feel. I pray of rent for the whole island.
I am you to repress that temper, which now informed that I should have said might lead to acts offensive to the only L.40 58. ; but this is evidently majesty of the laws. For my decea- a matter of no importance.