Alexander Hamilton Papers

To Alexander Hamilton from Angelica Church, 4 February 1790

From Angelica Church1

London february the 4. 1790

You are happy my dear friend to find consolation in “words and thoughts.” I cannot be so easily satisfied. I regret America, I regret the separation from my friends and I lament the loss of your society. I am so unreasonable as to prefer our charming family parties to all the gaieties of London. I cannot now relish the gay world, an irresistible apathy has taken possession of my mind, and banished those innocent sallies of a lively Imagination that once afforded pleasure to myself and friends—but do not let me pain your affectionate heart, all will be well and perhaps I may return to America.

My fathers2 letters have releived me from the dread of having offended him.3 He speaks of you with so much pride and satisfaction, that if I did not [love] you as he does, I should be a little Jealous of his attachment.

I shall send by the first ships every well written book that I can procure on the subject of finance. I cannot help being diverted at the avidity I express to whatever relates to this subject. It is a new source of amusement or rather of interest.

Adieu my dear Brother, remember me affectionately to Eliza. I have this moment received her letter, and have received three from you.4 I accept this attention on your part as I ought, and if in return I cannot give you any agreeable information, I can at least give you the History of my Mind, which is at present very much occupied by a very great, and very amiable personage. Adieu my dear friend.

AL, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.

1Angelica Schuyler Church was the wife of John B. Church and H’s sister-in-law.

2Philip Schuyler.

4One of the letters presumably was H’s letter of November 8, 1789. The other two letters have not been found.

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