From James Hamilton1
St. Vincent [British West Indies] June 12th. 1793
I wrote you a letter in June 17922 inclosed in one to Mr. Donald3 of Virginia Since which I have had no further accounts from you. My bad State of health has prevented my going to Sea at this time being afflicted with a complication of disorders.
The war which has lately broke out between France & England makes it very dengerous going to Sea at this time, however we daily expect news of a peace & when that takes place provided it is not too late in the Season I will embark in the first Vessel that Sails for Philadelphia.
I have now Settled all my business in this part of the World, with the assistance of my good freind Mr. Donald who has been of every Service to me that lay in his power in contributing to make my life Easy, at this advanced period of life. The bearer of this, Capt. Sherref of the Brig, Dispatch Sails direct for Philadelphia & has promised to deliver you this letter with his own hands, & as he returns to this Island from Philadelphia I beg you will drop me a few lines letting me know how you & your family keeps your health as I am uneasy at not having heard from you for some time past.
I beg my respectfull Compliments to Mrs. Hamilton & your Children, & wishing you health & happiness, I remain, with esteem
Dear Alexander Your very Affectte. Father
ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.
1. H’s father had remained in the West Indies after H had come to North America. He had lived on several islands during this period and sometime before 1793 had moved to St. Vincent. H had hoped to bring him to the United States. See H to William Seton, August 17, 1792.
2. Letter not found.
3. Presumably Alexander Donald, a Richmond merchant who was in the tobacco trade.