Alexander Hamilton Papers

From Alexander Hamilton to Elizabeth Hamilton, [16–17] March 1803

To Elizabeth Hamilton1

[New York] March [16–17]2 1803

I thank you My Betsy for your letter from Fish Kill.3 I hope the subsequent part of your journey has proved less fatiguing than the two first days.

I have anticipated with dread your interview with your father. I hope your prudence and fortitude have been a match for your sensibility. Remember that the main object of visit is to console him; that his own burthen is sufficient, and that it would be too much to have it increased by the sorrows of his Children.

Arm yourself with resignation. We live in a world full of evil. In the later period of life misfortunes seem to thicken round us; and our duty and our peace both require that we should accustom ourselves to meet disasters with christian fortitude.

Kiss Kitty4 for me & give my love to Angelica,5 & all the friends & connections round you.

Adieu My excellent wife.


Your Children are all well. I write your father by this oppy.6

ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.

1For background to this letter, see H to Elizabeth Hamilton, March 13, 1803.

2H mistakenly dated this letter March 18. The letter is postmarked March 17.

3Letter not found.

4Catherine Van Rensselaer Schuyler.

5Angelica Schuyler Church.

6Letter not found.

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