From Ernst Frederich von Walterstorff
St. Croix 20th. April 1803
When I received Your favr. of the 5th August1 I certainly did not think that I should postpone so long answering it and returning You my thanks for this proof of Your kind remembrance. I shall offer You no appology for it because there is none that would be satisfactory to myself. I beg You only to be assured, dear General, that there is not a character in America for whom I feel a greater regard and respect than that of General Hamilton, whose talents will no doubt soon again be called into action to the honor and advantage of his Country.
Our amiable friend Madame de Caradeux2 is at present at St. Thomas, but will soon return to Puerto rico, where She has made a purchase; it has not been in my power to pay her a visit at St. Thomas owing to my departure for Europe which is to take place to-morrow on board our frigate Fredericksteen. I shall do myself the pleasure of writing to You on my arrival in England and give You any ideas on the situation of public affairs and politics.3
You would oblige me very much by sending our friend Dr Stevens4 a copy of Camillus’s letters5 and of Your later publications, the only copy of Camillus’s letters which I had I once lent to the late Count Bernstorff,6 who begged of me to let him keep it in his library as a classical work, these were his expressions.
Accept my sincerest wishes for Your happiness and that of Your family, and believe me to be with the greatest regard and the sincerest attachment
Dear General Your most obedt. and most humble Servt
General A. Hamilton
ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.
1. Letter not found.
4. Edward Stevens was one of H’s oldest and closest friends, for they had known each other well from the time they were young boys at St. Croix (H to Stevens, November 11, 1769). Stevens studied medicine at the University of Edinburgh and subsequently practiced in Philadelphia, where he treated H and Elizabeth Hamilton when they had yellow fever (H to the College of Physicians, September 11, 1793). Stevens was United States consul general at Santo Domingo from March 10, 1799, to September 25, 1801, when he returned to the United States for a short time before settling in St. Croix (Richard Harrison, auditor of the Treasury Department, to Gabriel Duvall, comptroller of the Treasury Department, January 11, 1804 [copy, Massachusetts Historical Society, Boston], enclosed in William Thornton to Timothy Pickering, December 12, 1825 [ALS, Massachusetts Historical Society, Boston]).
5. For the “Camillus” letters, see the introductory note to “The Defence No. I,” July 22, 1795.
6. Count Andreas Peter von Bernstorff, who died in 1797, had been Danish Minister for Foreign Affairs and president of the German Chancery.