Hamilton sends a brief note in support of an application of Nicholas Carmer of New York City. “An application will be made to the Council of appointment by Mr. Nicholas Carmer of this city; an ancient and respectable inhabitant; for the appointment of an Inspector of Mahogany and other lumber for this City—I recommend him, on every account, to your patronage.” The New York Council of Appointment consisted of four senators, one from each district in the state, and had full powers of appointment. At the time of this letter, the members were John Vanderbilt, Anthony Hoffman, David Hopkins, and Philip Schuyler; Governor George Clinton was ex officio the presiding officer of the Council. It is most likely that Hamilton would have sent this candid letter to his father-in-law.
The more significant portion of the letter is Hamilton’s laconic comment on the ratification of the Constitution by Massachusetts, whose ratifying convention had approved the new charter by a vote of 187 to 168 three days earlier: “The mail of this Evening I am informed brings the most favourable accounts from Massachusettes. I [“begin” struck through] am inclined to consider the favourable issue of things there as reduced to a certainty.”