To Elizabeth Hamilton1
[Albany, February 10, 1800]
The lapse of two days more, my beloved Eliza, has happily diminished the term of my absence from you. It is the most pleasing reflection I can now make. My heart looks forward with delicious anticipation to the period of our reunion.
Capt. Church2 arrived last night. This gives great pleasure to the ladies who wanted a beau. They persist in saying that they will leave this place with me on Sunday; but I shall not be surprised if this arrival should change their plan. Give Ten Kisses to my sweet little Eliza for me. Accept a thousand sweet embraces for yourself.
Adieu my Angel Yrs. with unceasing tenderness
ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.
2. Philip Church, the son of John B. and Angelica Church, was a captain in the Twelfth Regiment of Infantry and H’s aide-de-camp. From June to December, 1799, he had been relieved of his duties as aide-de-camp to assist in recruiting at Albany. See William S. Smith to H, first letter of December 23, 1799.