Alexander Hamilton Papers

From Alexander Hamilton to Elizabeth Hamilton, [19 April 1797]

To Elizabeth Hamilton1

[Albany, April 19, 1797]2

I informed you My Darling by a letter which will go by post3 of my arrival here in good health and finding your family well. But this morning your papa has an attack of the Gout, not particularly severe, one indeed which in a different situation would give no uneasiness—but as his strength has been of late somewhat diminished, it is impossible not to feel anxiety about him. On the whole I advise Cornelia4 and you to come up. He will be very glad to see you & I hope you will find him better. I pray you, don’t alarm yourself for you know how dangerous it will be in your situation5 and how much it is a duty should his case ever take a worse turn than we now apprehend to arm ourselves with Christian fortitude and resignation

God bless You My Beloved


Mrs. E Hamilton

ALS, Mr. George T. Bowdoin, New York City.

1On the back of this letter, H wrote: “Mrs. Wendell will particularly oblige Col Hamilton by sending this letter with a particular charge by the Stage. Mrs. Hamilton will pay the bearer a Dollar.”

Mrs. Wendell was the wife of John H. Wendell, an Albany lawyer and a member of the New York Assembly from 1796 to 1798.

2H was in Albany to appear as an attorney before the New York Supreme Court and the New York Court of Chancery. See H to Elizabeth Hamilton, April 16, 1797.

3Letter not found.

4Cornelia was Elizabeth Hamilton’s sister and the wife of Washington Morton.

5Elizabeth Hamilton was pregnant with her fifth child. William Stephen Hamilton was born on August 4, 1797.

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