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The Alexander Hamilton Collection: The Story of the Revolution and Founding
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Can you imagine a nation with no uniting banking system or currency? With insufficient revenue for even the most necessary expenses? With no ability to act as one nation on the world stage?

Clearly, Washington needed a right-hand man for the incredibly detailed work of building a government, formulating plans, and bringing them from conception to completion. His choice was obvious. Alexander Hamilton had revealed his unique energy and capability throughout the Revolutionary War, at the Constitutional Convention, and in the ratification battles. 

On September 11, 1789, the same day Washington signed his letters transmitting the Act of Congress Establishing the Treasury Department, he made his first cabinet nomination: Alexander Hamilton as Secretary of the Treasury. Within hours, the Senate confirmed the appointment.

The financial system Hamilton designed created the possibility of a real United States of America, whose founding purpose was to advance the rights of the people to “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

[REVOLUTIONARY WAR AND FOUNDING]. The Collection features Highly Important Original Letters, Documents, & Imprints representing not just Hamilton, but also Washington, Adams, Jefferson, Paine, Burr, the Schuyler Sisters and Brothers, & Many More. Telling political and personal tales of the brilliant and sometimes tragic Founders, this Collection of more than 1,100 original documents is offered as a whole, but can be reconstituted to make it most appropriate for Federal Hall.

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• Washington’s letter transmitting the Act establishing the Treasury Department, Sept. 11, 1789;

• One of Hamilton’s most revealing love letters to Eliza, calling her “a little sorceress” who has bewitched and rendered him “restless and unsatisfied with all about me”;

• Scarce printings of Hamilton’s financial plans;

• Important letters and documents signed by George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, Aaron Burr, James Madison, Thomas Paine, etc.;

• Rare first edition of the Reynolds Pamphlet (yes, the Collection captures age-old stories of hubris, infidelity, and scandal - human flaws that make the triumphs even more amazing);

• John Adams letter to confidant Samuel Malcom on the Reynolds pamphlet: “Can talents atone for such turpitude? Can wisdom reside with such Gullibility?”;

• 42 Acts of Congress signed by Thomas Jefferson or Edmund Randolph as Secretary of State, including the 1791 federal budget, the Naturalization Act, Whiskey Rebellion acts, and an Act for raising a farther sum of Money for the Protection of the Frontiers (the back-door approach Hamilton used to enact his Report on Manufactures tariff proposals);

• Hamilton’s autograph draft of his 1796 “anyone but Jefferson” letter after Washington declined a third term: “We have every thing to fear if this man comes in… All personal and partial considerations must be discarded, and everything must give way to the great object of excluding Jefferson” (four years later, Hamilton changed his tune, considering Burr a greater danger);

• Jefferson refusing a publication request in order to shield unfiltered thoughts from “obloquy from bigots in religion, in politics, or in medicine.”

• Hamilton’s payment request after arguing and winning the first Supreme Court judicial review case (which probably isn’t what you think).


  • tells a unique story of the fight for independence, the founding of our financial system, and the development of a government capable of surviving internal factions and foreign foes;
  • has been thoroughly authenticated, meticulously researched, and completely described;
  • can stand alone, or can be supplemented to lay the foundation for a great new museum or library;
  • is ready to be exhibited privately or in major public institutions;
  • includes domain to allow wide sharing, either anonymously or as a legacy collection.


See our catalog here.

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