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From Alexander Hamilton to Elizabeth Hamilton, [11 November 1798]

To Elizabeth Hamilton

[Philadelphia,1 November 11, 1798]

I have not yet received a line from you since my departure. It is a consolation which my heart needs & which I hope not to be long without. As yet it is uncertain when I shall be able to return though I dare not now hope that it will be less than a fortnight from this time. The delay will be to me irksome. I discover more and more that I am spoiled for a military man. My health and comfort both require that I should be at home—at that home where I am always sure to find a sweet asylum from care and pain in your bosom.

Adieu my excellent wife


ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.

1H was in Philadelphia to discuss military affairs with George Washington, Charles Cotesworth Pinckney, and members of the Adams Administration.

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