From Edmund Randolph
Philadelphia February 17. 1795.
I had intended to have paid my respects to you this morning. But being deprived of that pleasure by a bad cold, and bad weather, I beg leave to offer to yourself, Mrs Hamilton and family, my best wishes for your and their happiness;1 and to assure You of the true esteem and regard, with which I am
Dear sir Your mo. ob. serv.
ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.
H was in Bristol, Pennsylvania, on February 18, 1795, and proceeded to New York City by way of Kingston, New Jersey. He was in New York City by February 25. See H to Theodore Sedgwick, February 18, 1795; H to Rufus King, February 21, 1795; H to Washington, February 25, 1795. On February 27, 1795, the Chamber of Commerce in New York gave a “Dinner … in Testimony of their Esteem” for H (Invitation from Chamber of Commerce to Nathaniel Lawrence, February 23, 1795 [D, Mr. Hall Park McCullough, North Bennington, Vermont]). At this dinner “The company consisted of more than two hundred gentlemen; the rooms not being large enough to accommodate more. Great decorum, as well as conviviality, marked the entertainment; and the company expressed peculiar satisfaction in this opportunity, of demonstrating their respect for a man who, by discharging the duties of an important office, Has Deserved Well of his Country …” (The [New York] Daily Advertiser, February 28, 1795). By March 6, 1795, H and his family were in Albany, where they stayed with Elizabeth Hamilton’s parents. See H to Angelica Church, March 6, 1795.