Alexander Hamilton Papers

From Alexander Hamilton to Elizabeth Hamilton, 4 October 1801

To Elizabeth Hamilton

[Albany] Sunday October 4 1801

This morning, My beloved Eliza, I arrived here to pay a visit to your father, in the interval of the postponement of our causes, as I mentioned in a letter which I wrote you on Friday from Claverack.1 Your father’s wound is much better2 and your mother in good health. Your sisters are both on a visit to Rensselaer; but expected back to day or tomorrow. In the morning I return to Claverack. I am in every sense vexed with this unexpected terrible delay. It is to be hoped that I may have the consolation of my errand proving effectual.

Your father advises that the Ice house be shingled and with cedar Shingles in preference.3 If not too late I wish to have it done. You need not be particular about the Cedar. Let the Ventilators be in front. I am taking measures to have some additional Trees for you.

Yours very truly & tenderly


Mrs. Hamilton

ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.

3H is referring to the construction of the ice house at his house in upper Manhattan, which he called the Grange. See the introductory note to Schuyler to H, July 17, 1800.

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