To Elizabeth Hamilton
[May, 1786–April, 1788]1
Three or four days since I wrote to My angel by the Post, since which I have received a letter from her.2 I am very unhappy to hear that my beloved is out of health. Heaven grant it may soon be restored. I entreat her to take care of herself & keep up her spirits. I cannot yet determine what will be our stay here and consequently I can make no determinations about my love; but I feel that it will be impossible for me to submit to a long separation however inconvenient it may be to incur the expence which will attend her coming here. I entreat you my charmer to let me hear from you as often as possible; for I stand in need of every consolation you can give for my absence from your dear bosom. Give my love to my darling Philip & kiss with all possible tenderness the other two. Adieu my dearest angel. Heaven bless you
ALS, Mr. George Bowdoin, New York City.
1. This letter is undated. H mentions three children. Since the third child, Alexander, was born on May 16, 1786, and the fourth, James Alexander, was born on April 14, 1788, the inclusive date of May, 1786–April, 1788 has been given this letter.
2. Letter not found.