To Elizabeth Hamilton
[January 18, 1801]
Thirty three Miles from
I intended to have reached Croton this Evening and would have done it without difficulty had not a very violent shower of Rain obliged me to stop at this place. If the storm subsides I hope to be at Albany1 on Wednesday.
The roads are too bad for you to venture this part of the road in your carriage if you can possibly avoid it. The plan of going to Poughkepsie is best.
Dont forget to visit the Grange.2 From what I saw there it is very important the drains should be better regulated. There must be one from the South side into that already made & I fear one from the Northern Quarter into the high road. The Clay if to be had must by no means be neglected. And sand must be brought for the next Springs work.
You must leave in particular charge of Philip3 what you cannot yourself accomplish.
Adieu my very dear Eliza
ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.
1. H was going to Albany to attend the January, 1801, session of the New York Supreme Court, which convened on January 20.
In HCLW description begins Henry Cabot Lodge, ed., The Works of Alexander Hamilton (New York, 1904). description ends , X, 421, this letter is dated “Feb., 1801.”
3. Philip Hamilton, H’s oldest child.