James A[lexander] Hamilton to MVB, 23 October 1820
Octr 23d 1820
The above are copies of the Statements I prepared and presented to the Counsel associated with yo in the Cause referred to in them for their Signatures. Mr Jones objected to signing the first because it brought him into conflict with the letter of Mr Varick as to whom he was delicately situated then having been a long and intimate friendship between his father and Mr. V. The second he was willing to put his name to if the words ("as we now believe") were obliterated he objected to these words concurring they would have the same effect for the same reasons and because he considered them unnecessary But he at the same time declared and authorised me <
illegible> to say to you (not to be published) that the charges referred to was are without a shadow of foundation
The result is that no statement will be made conjointly I have signed both that you may dispose of them as you please Maxwell is perfectly willing to do the same Mr Munro declines to sign any statement influenced by the advice of Mr Jay & the Vice President because he is implicated in the same charge
I shall set off for Boston on Wednesday and therefore cannot offer you my service any further in this affair but any thing that is necessary to your complete exculpation for this groundless calumny
you may ^that I can^ do is certinely at your service I make this offer independently of the regard I entertain for you but as [. . .] I owe to every professional gentleman under like circumstances with whom I may be associated.
Your obt Srt
James A Hamilton
Mr Maxwell desires me to say that he concurs in what is said by me with regard to the statements JAH.
PS I have just read to Mr Jones the above who assented to its correctness JAH