From Rufus King1
London January 12. 1802
My dear Sir
Both as a friend and a father I do most unfeignibly participate and condole with you in the heavy affliction that has fallen upon your family. It would be altogether vain for me to have recourse to the usual Topics of consolation, in so severe a Calamity: it must be sought for among the treasures of your own Mind, which nature has so eminently endowed; and after a while, it will likewise be found in the promising Branches of your family, which remain to recall to your remembrance, as well as to console you for, the loss you have suffered.
with the most faithful Regard and attachment. I am My Dr Sir Yr. affectionate Friend
A. Hamilton Esqr
ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.