George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Alexander Hamilton, 6 September 1793

To Alexander Hamilton

Philadelphia Septr 6th 1793

My dear Sir,

With extreme concern I receive the expression of your apprehensions, that you are in the first Stages of the prevailing fever. I hope they are groundless, notwithstanding the malignancy of the disorder is so much abated, as with proper & timely applications, not much is to be dreaded.1

The enclosed was written & sent to your Office yesterday, with direction if you were not there, to be brought back. And it would be a very pleasing circumstance if a change so entirely favourable as to justify it, would permit your attendance, & to bring Mrs Hamilton with you, to dine with us at three Oclock.2 I am always & Affectly Yours

Go: Washington

ALS (photocopy), Kenneth W. Rendell, Inc., catalog 106 (c.1975), item 71; copy, DLC: Alexander Hamilton Papers.

1No written communication by Hamilton informing GW that he had contracted yellow fever has been identified. By 11 Sept., when Hamilton wrote a public letter extolling his physician, he considered himself “compleatly out of danger” (Hamilton Papers description begins Harold C. Syrett et al., eds. The Papers of Alexander Hamilton. 27 vols. New York, 1961–87. description ends , 15:331–32).

2The enclosed letter from GW to Hamilton of 5 Sept. has not been found, but it probably was a form of the dinner invitation mentioned in this letter. Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton (1757–1854), a daughter of Gen. Philip Schuyler, had married Hamilton in 1780.

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