Alexander Hamilton Papers

From Alexander Hamilton to Elizabeth Hamilton, 2 August 1794

To Elizabeth Hamilton1

Philadelphia Aug 2

I have had the happiness to receive one letter from my beloved Eliza2 and I need not tell her how much consolation was given to me by whatever was flattering in the situation of my darling Johnny nor how much alarm I felt at the unfavourable change which happened on the day she wrote. Alas my Charmer great are my fears—poignant my distress. I feel every day more & more how dear this Child is to me & I cease not to pray heaven for his recovery. I hope the plan of exercise has been continued & that in the attention to Diet he has not been refused a moderate portion of pork if he continued anxious for it. But a course has now been tried & Experience & the Physician must direct.

Our dear Children here continue well & the City is unusually healthy but it begins to be very hot & I intend this week to send them into the Country. Yet they seem very unwilling to go from me & it is a great satisfaction to have them with me.

I hope My Dear Eliza’s health has mended. Remember, My Love, you have a husband & other Children than the little sick one whose happiness depends on you. Pray exert yourself to preserve & better your health at all events. Adieu My Angel

Yr. ever Affect.


Give my love to all. Tell your father3 I shall shortly write him but that I am so engaged with my Western insurgents4 & other matters that I have scarcely a moment to spare.

Mrs. Hamilton

ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.

1For background to this letter, see H to George Washington, July 11, 23, 1794; Washington to H, July 11, 1794; H to Elizabeth Hamilton, July 31, 1794.

2Letter not found.

3Philip Schuyler.

4This is a reference to the opposition to the excise laws in western Pennsylvania. See “Deposition of Francis Mentges,” August 1, 1794; “Conference Concerning the Insurrection in Western Pennsylvania,” August 2, 1794.

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