Alexander Hamilton Papers

From Alexander Hamilton to Elizabeth Hamilton, [n.p., n.d.]

To Elizabeth Hamilton

[n.p., n.d.]1

For want of having made application on time The stage waggon has been engaged so as to prevent my going in it. I must therefore take my chance by water which I shall do tomorrow and must content myself with praying for a fair wind to waft me speedily to the bosom of my beloved.


A Hamilton

Love to Ang2 & Marg.3

ALS, New York State Library, Albany.

1On March 15, 1858, John C. Hamilton wrote the date “April 8, 1795” on this letter, but in April, 1795, both H and Elizabeth Hamilton were in Albany.

2Depending on when this letter was written, this could be either Angelica Hamilton, Hamilton’s oldest daughter who was born on September 25, 1784, or Angelica Church, who was Elizabeth Hamilton’s sister. Angelica Church and her husband left the United States for England in the summer of 1783 and did not return until the spring of 1797.

3Margarita Van Rensselaer, Elizabeth Hamilton’s sister, who died in 1801. See H to Elizabeth Hamilton, March 16, 1801 (PAH description begins Harold C. Syrett, ed., The Papers of Alexander Hamilton (New York and London, 1961– ). description ends , XXV, 348–49).

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