Alexander Hamilton Papers
Documents filtered by: Recipient="Hamilton, Alexander" AND Period="Jefferson Presidency"
sorted by: date (ascending)

To Alexander Hamilton from Charles Cotesworth Pinckney, 24 December 1801

From Charles Cotesworth Pinckney1

Charleston [South Carolina] Decr. 24th. 1801.

It was not, my dear friend, till my return from attending the sessions of our State Legislature at Columbia,2 that I was fully apprized of your irreparable loss. I am much afflicted at the event, and most sincerely condole with Mrs. Hamilton & yourself on a misfortune which only religion & time can alleviate. It is however a consolation to reflect (if so great a loss can admitt of any immediate consolation) that on the fatal field there was a heroism and generosity displayed in the conduct of your Son, which manifests his honour & worth; & excites, admidst the sorrow which must attend his death, an elevation of sentiment which gives a dignity to grief. Sacred be your sorrows. The tears of friendship will flow with your own; & happy shall I be to hear that you have regained that composure of mind so essential to the tranquility of Mrs. Hamilton, and so anxiously desired by all your friends. With unalterable & affectionate esteem I ever am

Your sincere friend

Charles Cotesworth Pinckney

Honble Major Genl: Hamilton.

ALS, Schuyler Papers, MS Division, New York Public Library.

1For background to this letter, see Benjamin Rush to H, November 26, 1801.

2Pinckney represented Charleston in the South Carolina Senate.

Index Entries