1051
Alexander Hamilton
AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED (“AH”) TO ELIZABETH HAMILTON, SUGGESTING THAT SHE TRAVEL TO ALBANY TO VISIT HER FATHER
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1051
Alexander Hamilton
AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED (“AH”) TO ELIZABETH HAMILTON, SUGGESTING THAT SHE TRAVEL TO ALBANY TO VISIT HER FATHER
Estimate
7,00010,000
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Alexander Hamilton: An Important Family Archive of Letters and Manuscripts

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Alexander Hamilton
AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED (“AH”) TO ELIZABETH HAMILTON, SUGGESTING THAT SHE TRAVEL TO ALBANY TO VISIT HER FATHER
One page (7 3/8 x 5 7/8 in.; 185 x 151 mm) on a bifolium, [Albany], 19 April 1797, address direction at foot (“Mrs. Hamilton”), autograph address on integral leaf (“Mrs. Elizabeth Hamilton | New York | Mrs. Wendell will particularly oblige Col Hamilton by sending this letter with a particular charge by the Stage. Mrs. Hamilton will pay the bearer a Dollar”); address panel lightly soiled and with early repairs to fold separations, seal tear and repair, marginal loss and restoration to margins of address leaf. Tipped to a larger sheet.
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Literature

The Papers of Alexander Hamilton, ed. Syrett, 21:51

Catalogue Note

Sensing a crisis, Hamilton urges Elizabeth and her sister Cornelia Schuyler Morton to come to the side of their father, diminished in strength and stricken with gout. “I informed you My Darling by a letter which will go by post of my arrival here in good health and finding your family well. But this morning your papa has an attack of the Gout, not particularly severe, one indeed which in a different situation would give no uneasiness—but as his strength has been of late somewhat diminished, it is impossible not to feel anxiety about him. On the whole I advise Cornelia and you to come up. He will be very glad to see you & I hope you will find him better. I pray you, don’t alarm yourself for you know how dangerous it will be in your situation and how much it is a duty should his case ever take a worse turn than we now apprehend to arm ourselves with Christian fortitude and resignation.

“God bless You My Beloved.”

Hamilton must have thought the case severe since he encouraged Eliza to travel despite being five-month's pregnant with her fifth child. William Stephen Hamilton would be born on 4 August 1797.

Mrs. John H. Wendell, to whose care this letter was committed was the wife of an Albany lawyer and New York Assemblyman.

Alexander Hamilton: An Important Family Archive of Letters and Manuscripts

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New York