Alexander Hamilton Papers

From Alexander Hamilton to Elizabeth Hamilton, 25 February 1801

To Elizabeth Hamilton1

Albany Tuesday2
February 25 1801

My Dear Eliza

Your Sister Peggy3 has gradually grown worse & is now in a situation that her dissolution in the opinion of the Doctor is not likely to be long delayed. The Lt Governor4 sends the bearer to bring home his Child.5 I have not time to add more.

Adieu My Eliza


Mrs H

ALS, Mr. Andrew Joyner, Greensboro, North Carolina.

1H was in Albany attending the New York Court of Errors. See H to Elizabeth Hamilton, February 20, 1801.

2H was mistaken; February 25, 1801, fell on a Wednesday.

3Margarita Schuyler Van Rensselaer, one of Elizabeth Hamilton’s younger sisters and the wife of Stephen Van Rensselaer.

4Stephen Van Rensselaer was the eighth patroon of Rensselaerwyck and lieutenant governor of New York from 1795 to 1801.

5Stephen Van Rensselaer, the only surviving child of Margarita and Stephen Van Rensselaer, was eleven years old.

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