Alexander Hamilton Papers

From Alexander Hamilton to Elizabeth Hamilton, 9 August 1791

To Elizabeth Hamilton

Brunswick [New Jersey] August 9. 1791

I came to this place my beloved Betsy a day or two since to meet some Gentlemen from New York on business.1 Since you left me I have received but one letter from you,2 which informed me of the indisposition of My Dear James3 and left me in no small anxiety on his account. I hope on my return to Philadelphia I shall find a letter from you & Heaven Grant that it may assure me of your being all well!

I am myself in good health but I cannot be happy without you. Yet I must not advise you to urge your return. The confirmation of your health is so essential to our happiness that I am willing to make as long a sacrifice as the season and your patience will permit. Adieu my precious. My best love to all the family.

Yrs   ever & entirely

A Hamilton

Mrs. Hamilton

ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.

1The “business” was the organization of the Society for Establishing Useful Manufactures, which eventually obtained a charter from New Jersey and established a plant at what is now Paterson, New Jersey.

2Letter not found.

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