Alexander Hamilton Papers

From Alexander Hamilton to Elizabeth Hamilton, [28 May 1789]

To Elizabeth Hamilton

[May 28, 1789]

I am miserable My beloved angel that I cannot yet come to you; but this abominable business still detains us & will do it for some days.1 I would willingly endure the fatigue of a journey to visit you, if it were but for a minute; but such is my situation and the expectation of those for whom I act, that I cannot get away for an hour. It cannot however much longer keep me from my beloved; and the moment I can I will fly to your bosom.

Engage the house on the conditions you mention.2 When I come to town I will examine the title and advance the money, if I find no legal incumbrance & impediment. Tell Mr. Barkeley this.3 Blessing without number upon you and my little ones.


AL[S], Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.

1The “abominable business” which had detained H must have occurred outside of New York City. It probably was a case at some county court, for the Supreme Court met only in January, April, July, and October.

2H is referring to the house at 58 Wall Street which he had rented for at least a year. See H to Elizabeth Hamilton, March 17, 1788 (PAH, III, 599); “Conveyance from James Barclay and Others,” September 17, 1785 (printed in PAH, XXVI).

3Probably James Barclay, an auctioneer whose business was conducted at 14 Hanover Square.

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