Alexander Hamilton Papers

From Alexander Hamilton to Elizabeth Hamilton, 20 February [1801]

To Elizabeth Hamilton

Poughkepsie [New York] Friday
Feby. 20 [1801]

We have reached this place for the night, after a very tolerable journey.1 I am in much better health than Spirits. The swiss-malady grows upon me very fast—in other words I am more and more homesick. This added to some other circumstances that do not give me pleasure at the present moment makes me rather heavy hearted. But we must make the best of those ills which cannot be avoided. The occupation I shall have at Albany will divert my mind from painful reflections and a speedy return to my dear family (for which I shall endeavour) will bring me a cure. Write me often and receive every wish that is due to the best of women. Kiss my Children for me.

Adieu Yrs. ever


Mrs. Hamilton

ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.

1H was on his way to Albany to attend the New York Court of Errors, which met after the January term of the New York Supreme Court.

On February 16, 1801, before H’s departure for Albany, he attended a dinner in honor of Oliver Wolcott, Jr., given by the Chamber of Commerce at the Tontine Coffee House (The [New York] Spectator, February 18, 1801; The New-York Gazette & General Advertiser, February 16, 1801). At this dinner H gave the following toast: “May our Government never fall a prey to the dreams of a Condorcet, nor to the vices of a Cataline” (The [New York] Spectator, February 18, 1801).

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