Alexander Hamilton Papers

From Alexander Hamilton to Elizabeth Hamilton, [10 December 1798]

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.

1This 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.

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