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To Alexander Hamilton from Edmund Randolph, 17 February 1795

From Edmund Randolph

Philadelphia February 17. 1795.

Dear sir

I had intended to have paid my respects to you this morning. But being deprived of that pleasure by a bad cold, and bad weather, I beg leave to offer to yourself, Mrs Hamilton and family, my best wishes for your and their happiness;1 and to assure You of the true esteem and regard, with which I am

Dear sir   Your mo. ob. serv.

Edm. Randolph

Colo. Hamilton

ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.

1The Hamilton family was preparing to leave Philadelphia following H’s resignation as Secretary of the Treasury. See H to George Washington, January 31, 1795, and H to ——, February 11, 1795.

H was in Bristol, Pennsylvania, on February 18, 1795, and proceeded to New York City by way of Kingston, New Jersey. He was in New York City by February 25. See H to Theodore Sedgwick, February 18, 1795; H to Rufus King, February 21, 1795; H to Washington, February 25, 1795. On February 27, 1795, the Chamber of Commerce in New York gave a “Dinner … in Testimony of their Esteem” for H (Invitation from Chamber of Commerce to Nathaniel Lawrence, February 23, 1795 [D, Mr. Hall Park McCullough, North Bennington, Vermont]). At this dinner “The company consisted of more than two hundred gentlemen; the rooms not being large enough to accommodate more. Great decorum, as well as conviviality, marked the entertainment; and the company expressed peculiar satisfaction in this opportunity, of demonstrating their respect for a man who, by discharging the duties of an important office, Has Deserved Well of his Country …” (The [New York] Daily Advertiser, February 28, 1795). By March 6, 1795, H and his family were in Albany, where they stayed with Elizabeth Hamilton’s parents. See H to Angelica Church, March 6, 1795.

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