To Elizabeth Hamilton
Philadelphia [December 10, 1798]1
I expected with certainty my beloved Betsey to have left this place to day. Our business has consumed more time than was necessary. But that is not my fault. I cannot make every body else as rapid as myself. This you know by experience. Tis a consolation however that we cannot be detained much longer. It is difficult for Sloth itself to spin it out beyond this day & I shall fly to you the moment I can.
Adieu My Angel
ALS, from the original in the New York State Library, Albany.
1. This letter has been assigned the date of December 10, 1798, because December 10, 1798, was a Monday and the letter is postmarked December 11. In the first sentence, H is referring to his letter to Elizabeth Hamilton of December 6, 1798.