Mason, J. M.; Hamilton, Alexander. An Oration, Commemorative of the Late Major-General Alexander Hamilton; Pronounced before the New-York State Society of the Cincinnati, on Tuesday, the 31st, July, 1804. New York: Hopkins and Seymour, 1804. First Edition.
Defective. Lacks title page, rest present; pp. (3)-40. Lower inside corner of the first three leaves torn with loss, affecting a few letters of text. Pp. 29-30 with closed tear. Small ink stamp of J. B. Willson on the first page. Stab-sewn pamphlet, as issued. 5 3/4 x 5 inches, with untrimmed edges. Fair. Pamphlet. 
Shaw and Shoemaker no. 6731. Scarce on the market, with only one other for sale (Dec. 2019), a very good copy, for $850.
Alexander Hamilton requested a visit by the Rev. Dr. Mason after he had been shot by Aaron Burr in their infamous duel. Mason visited Hamilton twice before he died. In this Oration, Mason praises Hamilton, ties him to the memory of George Washington and says that Washington's hesitation to take the office of President was overcome through the persuasion of Hamilton. Mason relates Hamilton's prominent role in the formation of the Federal government, and in particular his influence on New York state to join it. His further services and influence in regard to the Whiskey Rebellion, and his continuous care for the fortunes of the young Republic even while out of the public eye. Mason condemns dueling in his conclusion, and, as an eyewitness to his death, says that his dying words were those of a Christian.
This pamphlet includes a printing of Hamilton's will, his Paper giving his reasons for engaging in the duel, and letters to the press by J. M. Mason and by Benjamin Moore telling of the death-watch at the bed of Hamilton.
John Mitchell Mason (1779-1829), b. New York City, educated at Columbia College and in Edinburgh, succeeded his father as minister of the Scotch Church (Presbyterian), Cedar Street, New York. Dr. Mason served as President of Dickinson College, 1821-24. “He was greatly esteemed for his piety, eloquence, and erudition.” – Allibone. “The mind of Dr. Mason was of the most vigorous order, his theology Calvinistic, and his piety and zeal worthy of imitation. He was eminent as a pulpit-orator, his eloquence being powerful and irresistible. It is said that when Robert Hall heard him preach in 1802, he exclaimed, “I can never preach again!’” – Fish’s Pulpit Eloquence.