Alexander Hamilton Papers

From Alexander Hamilton to Elizabeth Hamilton, [17 August 1794]

To Elizabeth Hamilton1

[Philadelphia, August 17, 1794]

My loved Eliza

I wrote you two or three times last week.2 But since my last I have received another letter from you3 which does not remove my anxiety. The state of our dear sick angel continues too precarious. My heart trembles whenever I open a letter from you. The experiment of the Pink root alarms me But I continue to place my hope in Heaven.

You press to return to me. I will not continue to dissuade you. Do as you think best. If you resolve to come I should like best your coming by land & I wish you could prevail on Doctor Stringer4 to accompany you. It would be matter of course & pleasure to make him a handsome compensation. If you want money, you may either get it from your father or draw on Mr. Seton5 at New York for it.

But let me know before hand your determination that I may meet you at New York with an arrangement for bringing you or rather write to Mr. Seton who I will request to have things ready. All you will have to do will be to inform him that you leave Albany on a certain day. All here are perfectly well & join in love to you

Adieu My Angel


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, August 2, 8 two letters of August 12, 1794.

2H to Elizabeth Hamilton, August 8, two letters of August 12, 1794.

3Letter not found.

4Samuel Stringer was an Albany physician.

5William Seton had resigned as cashier of the Bank of New York in June to devote his time to his mercantile interests. See Seton to H, June 16, 1794.

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