Alexander Hamilton Papers

To Alexander Hamilton from Charles Cotesworth Pinckney, 4 October 1803

From Charles Cotesworth Pinckney

Newton near Boston Octr: 4th: 1803

Dear Sr:

The salubrious air of this place has so well succeeded in restoring Mrs: Pinckney’s health that we shall set out for the Southward tomorrow.1 I shall endeavour to shake you by the hand in passing through the State of New York.

This will be handed to you by my young Countryman Mr: Wm: Hayward who is ambitious of paying his respects to you, & I am sure your good nature will indulge him. He is a young gentleman of merit & a federalist. His father2 was an officer in my regiment in the revolutionary war.

Mrs: Pinckney & my Daughter Eliza3 unite with me in respects to Mrs: & Miss Hamilton4 & I always am

Your sincere friend

Charles Cotesworth Pinckney

Genl: Hamilton

ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.

1From May to November, 1803, Pinckney and his wife, Mary Stead Pinckney, made a tour of New England.

2Thomas Heyward, William Heyward’s father, was known as Thomas Heyward, Jr., to distinguish him from other members of his family who had the same name. A veteran of the American Revolution, Heyward was a member of the South Carolina legislature from 1782 to 1784 and a Circuit Court judge from 1778 to 1779 and from 1784 to 1789.

3Eliza Pinckney was the daughter of Pinckney and his first wife, Sarah Middleton Pinckney, who had died on May 8, 1784.

4Angelica Hamilton.

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