We receive some strange pieces of correspondence at The American Catholic, most of which I quickly consign to paper perdition. However, I thought the readers of TAC might be interested in this.
Donald R. McClarey, esquire
The American Catholic
It has been over two centuries since I last made my views on various issues known to the public, but I have maintained a keen interest in the passing events of the day. I have submitted pieces to various journals of opinion, but for some reason none of them have seen print. Although not a member of your religious denomination, at least when I was alive, I have always had a keen respect for Catholics and in 1787 defended their right to exercise the franchise in my native New York. I do not share all the political sentiments set forth in your publication, but I do agree with the patriotism that seems to animate many of the articles which have appeared in The American Catholic. Would you be willing to publish occasional pieces by me, say no more than one a month? If so, please publish this letter. If not, I do apologize for this intrusion.
Your obedient servant,
I have modernized the spelling of the letter and I would note that the signature on the letter bears a strong resemblance to that of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton. If it is a hoax, as it must surely be, it is a fun one. So Mr. Hamilton, retaining of course editorial control and the final decision to publish anything submitted, I agree to what you suggest.