Long-missing Alexander Hamilton letter put on public display

Alexander Hamilton Letter

This image filed May 15, 2019 in federal court as part of a forfeiture complaint by the U.S. attorney’s office in Boston, shows a 1780 letter from Alexander Hamilton to the Marquis de Lafayette, that was stolen from the Massachusetts Archives decades ago. The letter, which was returned to the state, will be put on public display at the Commonwealth Museum on July 4, 2022 for the first time since it was returned after a lengthy court battle. (U.S. Attorney’s Office via AP, File)

BOSTON (AP) — A letter written by founding father Alexander Hamilton in 1780 and believed stolen from the Massachusetts state archives decades ago is being displayed publicly for the first time since it was returned to the state after a lengthy court battle.

The secretary of state’s office says the letter will be the featured piece at the Commonwealth Museum’s annual July Fourth exhibit this year.

The letter was believed to have been stolen during World War II by a state archives worker.

It resurfaced several years ago, and a federal appeals ruled in October that it belongs to the state

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