Alexander Hamilton Papers

From Alexander Hamilton to Elizabeth Hamilton, [1782]

To Elizabeth Hamilton


Engrossed by our own immediate concerns, I omitted telling you of a disagreeable piece of intelligence I have received from a gentleman of Georgia. He tells me of the death of my brother Levine.1 You know the circumstances that abate my distress, yet my heart acknowledges the rights of a brother. He dies rich, but has disposed of the bulk of his fortune to strangers. I am told he has left me a legacy. I did not inquire how much. When you have occasion for money you can draw upon Messrs. Stewart & ⟨Totten⟩,2 Philadelphia. They owe me upwards of an hundred pounds.

Hamilton, Intimate Life description begins Allan McLane Hamilton, The Intimate Life of Alexander Hamilton (New York, 1910). description ends , 4.

1Peter Lavien, H’s half-brother. See H to Major General Nathanael Greene, October 12, 1782.

2The firm of Stewart and Totten was located in Philadelphia. Although the firm is listed on the tax rolls for 1782 in the Pennsylvania Archives (3rd ser. XVI, 295, 521), no information is given concerning the firm’s activities. The proprietors were Robert Totten, and either James Stewart (ibid., XVI, 286) or Alexander Stewart (ibid., XVI, 295).

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