Alexander Hamilton Papers

From Alexander Hamilton to Elizabeth Hamilton, [10 July 1804]

To Elizabeth Hamilton1

[New York, July 10, 1804]

My beloved Eliza

Mrs. Mitchel2 is the person in the world to whom as a friend I am under the greatest Obligations. I have <not>3 hitherto done my <duty> to her. But <resolved> to repair my omission as much as <possible,> I have encouraged her to come to <this Country> and intend, if it shall be <in my po>wer to render the Evening of her days <c>omfortable. But if it shall please God to put this out of my power and to inable you hereafter to be of <s>ervice to her, I entreat you to d<o> it and to treat <h>er with the tenderness of a Sister.

This is my second letter.4

The Scrup<les of a Christian have deter>mined me to expose my own li<fe to any> extent rather than subject my s<elf to the> guilt of taking the life of <another.> This must increase my hazards & redoubles my pangs for you. But you had rather I should die inno<c>ent than live guilty. Heaven can pre<se>rve me <and I humbly> hope will <b>ut in the contrary <e>vent, I charge you to remember that you are a Christian. God’s Will be done. The will of a merciful God must be good.

Once more Adieu My Darling darling Wife


<Mrs Ha>milton

ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress; JCH Transcripts description begins John C. Hamilton Transcripts, Columbia University Libraries. description ends .

1This letter was the sixth item on the “List of Papers Given to Nathaniel Pendleton,” July 19, 1804.

2Ann Mitchell, H’s cousin. See H to Ann Mitchell, June 28–July 10, 1804.

3The material within broken brackets has been taken from the JCH transcript.

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