Alexander Hamilton Papers

To Alexander Hamilton from Maria Reynolds, 2 June [1792]

From Maria Reynolds1

[Philadelphia] Saturday Morning the June 2 [1792]

Dear Sir

I once take up the pen to solicit The favor of seing again oh Col hamilton what have I done that you should thus Neglect me Is it because I am unhappy But stop I will not say you have for perhaps you have caled and have found no opportunity to Come In at least I hope you have I am now A lone and shal be for afew days I believe till Wensday though am not sartain and would wish to se you this Evening I[f] poseble If not as soon as you can make It Convenent oh my dear freend how shal I pleade Enough what shal I say Let me beg of you to Come and If you never se me again oh If you think It best I will submit to It and take a long and last adieu


Col hamilton

for heaven sake keep me not In suspince Let me know yor Intention Either by a Line or by Catline.2

1This letter is printed as document No. XVIII in the appendix of the “Reynolds Pamphlet,” August 31, 1797.

For background to this letter, see Reynolds to H, December 15, 17, 19, 22, 1791, January 3, 17, March 24, April 3, 7, 17, May 2, 1792; H to Reynolds, December 15, 1791, April 7, 1792; Maria Reynolds to H, December 15, 1791, January 23–March 18, March 24, 1792.

2H believed that this letter from Mrs. Reynolds proved “that it was not her plan yet to let me off. It was probably the prelude to the letter from Reynolds … soliciting a loan of 300 dollars towards a subscription to the Lancaster Turnpike” (“Reynolds Pamphlet,” August 31, 1797).

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