Alexander Hamilton Papers

From Alexander Hamilton to Elizabeth Hamilton, [18–19 September 1797]

To Elizabeth Hamilton

[Hartford, September 18–19, 1797]1

I have received only one letter from my beloved Eliza since I left the city. I am very anxious to hear further and especially to know that my beloved Philip2 is recovered.

My health continues pretty good—but I am excessively engaged with our cause. I impatiently wish it at an end that I may return to the fond bosom of my Eliza.

If our Dear Angelica3 is returned remember me affectionately to her.

Adieu my beloved and assure yourself always of my tenderest affection.

In great haste


ALS, MS Division, New York Public Library.

1There is some difficulty concerning the date of this letter, for H dated it “Tuesday 18th Sepr” and the envelope is postmarked “Hartford.” In 1798, September 18 was a Tuesday. There is, however, no evidence that H was in Hartford in September, 1798. On the other hand, he was in Hartford in September, 1797. See H to Elizabeth Hamilton, September 12, 1797, note 1. On September 18, 1797, a Monday, H attended the United States Circuit Court, District of Connecticut, at Hartford. See Goebel, Law Practice description begins Julius Goebel, Jr., ed., The Law Practice of Alexander Hamilton: Documents and Commentary (New York and London, 1964– ). description ends , I, 673.

2For Philip Hamilton’s illness, see H to Elizabeth Hamilton, September 12, 1797, note 2.

3Angelica Church was Elizabeth Hamilton’s sister.

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