Alexander Hamilton Papers

From Alexander Hamilton to Elizabeth Hamilton, [18 October 1781]

To Elizabeth Hamilton1

[Yorktown, Virginia, October 18, 1781]

Your letter of the 3d. of September2 my angel never reached me till to day. My uneasiness at not hearing from you is abated by the sweet prospect of soon taking you in my arms. Your father will tell you the news. Tomorrow Cornwallis and his army are ours. In two days after I shall in all probability set out for Albany, and I hope to embrace you in three weeks from this time. Conceive my love by your own feelings, how delightful this prospect is to me. Only in your heart and in my own can any image be found of my happiness upon the occasion. I have no time to enlarge. Let the intilligence I give compensate for the shortness of my letter. Give my love to your Mama to Mrs. Carter3 to Peggy4 and to all the family.

Adieu My Charming beloved wife, I kiss you a thousand times, Adieu,   My love

A Hamilton

ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.

1Elizabeth Hamilton was at her father’s house at Albany.

2Letter not found.

3Angelica Church, sister of Elizabeth Hamilton and wife of John B. Church, alias Carter.

4Elizabeth Hamilton’s sister, Margarita Schuyler.

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