Alexander Hamilton Papers

From Alexander Hamilton to Elizabeth Hamilton, [2 October 1801]

To Elizabeth Hamilton1

[Claverack, New York, October 2, 1801]2

I was extremely disappointed, My Dear Eliza, that the Mondays post did not bring me a letter from you. You used to keep your promises better. And you know that I should be anxious to hear of your health. If the succeeding post does not rectify the omission of the former I shall be dissatisfied and pained.

I am chagrined at the prospect of being detained considerably longer than I expected. Our adversaries have made strong efforts to postpone the cause to another circuit, and though defeated in this they have obtained a delay till wednesday next. However disagreeable and inconvenient to me to stay, it is not possible for me in this situation to quit.

Adieu my beloved & be assured that I shall not lose a moment to return to you.

Yours tenderly


Mrs. Hamilton

ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.

1H had arrived in Claverack on September 27, 1801 (J. Rutsen Van Rensselaer to Philip Schuyler, September 28, 1801 [ALS, Schuyler Papers, Box 37, MS Division, New York Public Library]). H’s father-in-law, Philip Schuyler, had requested that he attend the Circuit Court of Columbia County. See Schuyler to H, September 9, 1801.

2In Hamilton, Intimate Life description begins Allan McLane Hamilton, The Intimate Life of Alexander Hamilton (New York, 1910). description ends , 354, the second and third paragraphs of this letter are omitted, and it is dated “October 3, 1803.”

3H dated this letter incorrectly. In 1801, October 2 fell on a Friday. In addition, on October 4, 1801, H wrote to Elizabeth Hamilton “about the postponement of our causes as I mentioned in a letter which I wrote you on Friday from Claverack.”

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