Seth Kaller, Inc.

Inspired by History

I have thought it my duty to exhibit things as they are, not as they ought to be.

We are pleased to offer a unique collection of original documents that made American history. These letters, documents, and artifacts tell the story of the orphan immigrant founding father who fought for independence, founded our financial system, and fostered a government capable of surviving internal factions and foreign foes.

Alexander Hamilton letters and documents in the collection include:

  • one of his most revealing love letters, calling Elizabeth Schuyler “a little sorceress” who bewitched and rendered him “restless and unsatisfied with all about me.”;
  • a letter written on behalf of General Washington in October 1777;
  • a portion of his letter to Robert Morris on biases that affect New York taxes;
  • his letter seeking compensation for successfully arguing on behalf of the government in the first Supreme Court judicial review case;
  • note to Robert Troup (the friend who helped publish the Federalist Papers anonymously);
  • his draft letter rallying to defeat Jefferson after Washington declined a third term (Hamilton changed his tune four years later, when he considered Burr a greater danger);
  • the only known document in Hamilton’s hand on a legal case involving James Reynolds.
  • Hamilton document signed two-days before leaving office, remitting a Whiskey tax fine;
  • a document signed by Hamilton and Eliza and Angelica and a dozen other Schuyler sisters, brothers, cousins, in-laws, and even father General Philip Schuyler;

The wider arc of the Revolution and Founding is captured with:

  • Common Sense - rare February, 1776, expanded edition;
  • Declaration of Independence - extremely rare July 8, 1776 printing;
  • Declaration of Independence - official facsimile printed by order of Congress;
  • letters and documents of leaders and soldiers, among them a pay order for Philip Negro;
  • a complete set of documents of the 36 signers of the United States Constitution, among them Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, John Adams, and James Madison.

The collection features several letters of the first three American Presidents, including:

  • John Adams crowing about the capture of 55 British Ships, but warning not to expect peace yet, as “The Heads of a King and Ministers is at Stake”;
  • Washington preparing for a possible campaign after his victory at Yorktown;
  • George Washington’s uncharacteristically tongue-in-cheek letter to close friend Dr. James McHenry, cryptically confiding his dream of leaving the army;
  • another great Adams letter, reacting to the Reynolds scandal, asking of Hamilton: “Can talents atone for such turpitude? Can wisdom reside with such Gullibility?”;
  • Thomas Jefferson’s letter shielding unfiltered thoughts from “obloquy from bigots in religion, in politics, or in medicine.”

Other documents published by or relating to Hamilton include:

  • The Federalist Papers, first edition;
  • George Washington’s signed letter transmitting the Act establishing the Treasury Department;
  • contemporary printings of Congressional Acts implementing Hamilton’s Assumption Plan, his 1790 Report on Public Credit, the charters for the Bank of the United States and the Society for Useful Manufactures;
  • written confirmation of a Livingston slam in a near-riot at Federal Hall, and a letter detailing Hamilton’s related challenge of Commodore Nicholson to a duel;
  • a scarce first edition “Reynolds Pamphlet,” in which he admits to infidelity but vigorously denies financial crimes; and, a second edition, reprinted by his enemies
  • a lock of Hamilton’s hair, preserved in his family for generations, with an authentication note from his son;
  • a stunning memorial painted and drawn by a student shortly after his death.

The Founding is additionally represented by more than 40 rare original acts of Congress signed by Thomas Jefferson or Edmund Randolph as Secretary of State, including:

  • the 1791 budget;
  • an Act for raising a farther sum of Money for the Protection of the Frontiers, the back-door approach he used to enact his Report on Manufactures tariff proposals.
  • The naturalization act; Whiskey Rebellion acts, etc.

An Addenda features a collection of more than 900 original newspapers from 1800 to 1804, capturing news as it unfolds. Highlights include reports on the Hamilton-Burr duel in his own newspaper, and Jefferson’s First Inaugural and first four State of the Union addresses. Plus, French Revolution and Haiti slave uprising reports, Acts of Congress, landmark legal cases such as Marbury v. Madison, and more politics, personalities, events, and issues. We are pleased to offer a unique collection of original documents that made American history. These documents tell the story of the orphan immigrant founding father who fought for independence, founded our financial system, and fostered a government capable of surviving internal factions and foreign foes.

The Alexander Hamilton Collection:

  • includes singular treasures that would be a highlight of any Americana collection, as well as great depth of content
  • is ready to be exhibited privately or in major public institutions
  • has been meticulously researched, thoroughly authenticated, and completely described
  • includes the domain www.AHamilton.com, to facilitate sharing electronically, either anonymously or as a legacy collection.
  • is “complete” in itself, or can be used as the basis of a new great American History Museum

Click the images below to see our:

  • 8 page highlights brochure;
  • 132 page complete catalog;
  • 101 page catalog part II.

If you have any questions call us at 914-289-1776 or click here to send an email.

The collection was assembled by two leading historic document experts, John Reznikoff of University Archives (Westport, CT) and Seth Kaller of Seth Kaller, Inc. (White Plains, NY).