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Alexander Hamilton.
New York : Library of America, 2001.
xix, 1108 p.
1931082049 (alk. paper)
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New York : Library of America, 2001.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Joanne B. Freeman is assistant professor of history at Yale University
First Chapter

Chapter One


To Edward Stevens

St Croix Novemr. 11th 1769

Dear Edward

    This just serves to acknowledge receipt of yours per Cap Lowndes which was delivered me Yesterday. The truth of Cap Lightbourn & Lowndes information is now verifyd by the Presence of your Father and Sister for whose safe arrival I Pray, and that they may, convey that Satisfaction to your Soul that must naturally flow from the sight of Absent Friends in health, and shall for news this way refer you to them. As to what you say respecting your having soon the happiness of seeing us all, I wish, for an accomplishment of your hopes provided they are Concomitant with your welfare, otherwise not, tho doubt whether I shall be Present or not for to confess my weakness, Ned, my Ambition is prevalent that I contemn the grov'ling and condition of a Clerk or the like, to which my Fortune &c. condemns me and would willingly risk my life tho' not my Character to exalt my Station. Im confident, Ned that my Youth excludes me from any hopes of immediate Preferment nor do I desire it, but I mean to prepare the way for futurity. Im no Philosopher you see and may be jusly said to Build Castles in the Air. My Folly makes mc ashamd and beg youll Conceal it, yet Neddy we have seen such Schemes successfull when the Projector is Constant I shall Conclude saying I wish there was a War.

    I am Dr Edward Yours Alex Hamilton

PS I this moment receivd yours by William Smith and am pleasd to see you Give such Close Application to Study.

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Appeared in Publishers Weekly on 2001-10-15:
Whether lamenting the paucity of power in revolutionary-era Congress or asking a friend to find him a wife in Carolina, founding father Alexander Hamilton was earnest, passionate and articulate. In Hamilton: Writings, Joanne B. Freeman (Affairs of Honor), assistant history professor at Yale, has assembled 170 letters, essays, reports and speeches from 1769 to 1804. Describing himself as "[c]old in my professions, warm in my friendships," Hamilton indeed exhibits a range of expression, emotion and restraint. Extensive wartime correspondence, 51 contributions to The Federalist, the famous speech to the Constitutional Convention, courtship letters and many more items will interest all fans of American history. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Appeared in Library Journal on 2001-10-15:
The latest in the Library of America series arranges Hamilton's writings in chronological order. The text consists of more than 170 letters, speeches, essays, reports, and memoranda written between 1769 and 1804, including all of Hamilton's material presented in The Federalist. This additionally sports several conflicting eyewitness accounts of Hamilton's lethal duel with Aaron Burr. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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Main Description
One of the most vivid, influential, and controversial figures of the American founding, Alexander Hamilton was an unusually prolific and vigorous writer. As a military aide to George Washington, critic of the Articles of Confederation, proponent of ratification of the Constitution, first Secretary of the Treasury, and leader of the Federalist party, Hamilton devoted himself to the creation of a militarily and economically powerful American nation guided by a strong, energetic republican government. His public and private writings demonstrate the perceptive intelligence, confident advocacy, driving ambition, and profound concern for honor and reputation that contributed both to his astonishing rise to fame and to his tragic early death.
Table of Contents
The West Indies, the Revolution, and the Confederation, 1769-1786
To Edward Stevens, November 11, 1769: "My Ambition Is Prevalent"p. 3
To Nicholas Cruger, February 24, 1772: Counting-House Businessp. 4
To The Royal Danish American Gazette, September 6, 1772: Account of a Hurricanep. 6
A Full Vindication of the Measures of the Congress, December 15, 1774p. 10
To John Jay, November 26, 1775: The Danger of Trusting in Virtuep. 43
To Gouverneur Morris, May 19, 1777: The New York Constitutionp. 46
To George Clinton, February 13, 1778: The Trouble with Congressp. 48
To Elias Boudinot, July 5, 1778: The Battle of Monmouthp. 51
To John Jay, March 14, 1779: Enlisting Slaves as Soldiersp. 56
To John Laurens, c. April 1779: Hope for a Wifep. 58
To William Gordon, September 5, 1779: An Insult to Honorp. 61
To John Laurens, January 8, 1780: "I Am Not Fit for This Terrestreal Country"p. 65
To Elizabeth Schuyler, August 1780: "Examine Well Your Heart"p. 66
To James Duane, September 3, 1780: "The Defects of Our Present System"p. 70
To Elizabeth Schuyler, September 3, 1780: Opinions Regarding the Sexesp. 87
To Elizabeth Schuyler, September 25, 1780: The Plight of Mrs. Arnoldp. 89
To Elizabeth Schuyler, October 2, 1780: The Fate of Major Andrep. 91
To Margarita Schuyler, January 21, 1781: Advice About Marriagep. 92
To Philip Schuyler, February 18, 1781: A Break with Washingtonp. 93
To James McHenry, February 18, 1781: Washington Will Repent His Ill-Humourp. 97
The Continentalist No. I, July 12, 1781p. 98
The Continentalist No. III, August 9, 1781p. 101
The Continentalist No. IV, August 30, 1781p. 106
The Continentalist No. VI, July 4, 1782p. 111
To Richard Kidder Meade, August 27, 1782: The Birth of a Sonp. 118
Remarks in Congress on Raising Funds, January 27, 1783p. 120
Remarks in Congress on Collecting Funds, January 28, 1783p. 121
To George Washington, February 13, 1783: The Prospect of a Mutinyp. 121
To George Washington, March 17, 1783: "Contending for a Shadow"p. 123
A Letter from Phocion to the Considerate Citizens of New-York on the Politics of the Day, January 1784p. 127
To James Hamilton, June 22, 1785: "I Feel All the Sentiment of a Brother"p. 140
Address of the Annapolis Convention, September 14, 1786p. 142
Framing and Ratifying the Constitution, 1787-1789
Plan of Government, c. June 18, 1787p. 149
Speech in the Constitutional Convention on a Plan of Government, June 18, 1787p. 151
To George Washington, July 3, 1787: "The Critical Opportunity"p. 166
Conjectures About the New Constitution, c. late September 1787p. 167
The Federalist No. 1, October 27, 1787p. 171
The Federalist No. 6, November 14, 1787p. 176
The Federalist No. 7, November 17, 1787p. 183
The Federalist No. 8, November 20, 1787p. 190
The Federalist No. 9, November 21, 1787p. 196
The Federalist No. 11, November 24, 1787p. 202
The Federalist No. 12, November 27, 1787p. 209
The Federalist No. 13, November 28, 1787p. 215
The Federalist No. 15, December 1, 1787p. 218
The Federalist No. 16, December 4, 1787p. 226
The Federalist No. 17, December 5, 1787p. 232
The Federalist No. 21, December 12, 1787p. 237
The Federalist No. 22, December 14, 1787p. 243
The Federalist No. 23, December 18, 1787p. 253
The Federalist No. 24, December 19, 1787p. 258
The Federalist No. 25, December 21, 1787p. 264
The Federalist No. 26, December 22, 1787p. 269
The Federalist No. 27, December 25, 1787p. 275
The Federalist No. 28, December 26, 1787p. 279
The Federalist No. 29, January 9, 1788p. 284
The Federalist No. 30, December 28, 1787p. 290
The Federalist No. 31, January 1, 1788p. 296
The Federalist No. 32, January 2, 1788p. 301
The Federalist No. 33, January 2, 1788p. 305
The Federalist No. 34, January 5, 1788p. 310
The Federalist No. 35, January 5, 1788p. 316
The Federalist No. 36, January 8, 1788p. 322
The Federalist No. 59, February 22, 1788p. 330
The Federalist No. 60, February 23, 1788p. 335
The Federalist No. 61, February 26, 1788p. 341
The Federalist No. 65, March 7, 1788p. 345
The Federalist No. 66, March 8, 1788p. 351
The Federalist No. 67, March 11, 1788p. 357
The Federalist No. 68, March 12, 1788p. 362
The Federalist No. 69, March 14, 1788p. 366
The Federalist No. 70, March 15, 1788p. 374
The Federalist No. 71, March 18, 1788p. 383
The Federalist No. 72, March 19, 1788p. 388
The Federalist No. 73, March 21, 1788p. 394
The Federalist No. 74, March 25, 1788p. 400
The Federalist No. 75, March 26, 1788p. 403
The Federalist No. 76, April 1, 1788p. 408
The Federalist No. 77, April 2, 1788p. 413
To James Madison, May 19, 1788: Coordinating a Campaignp. 418
The Federalist No. 78, May 28, 1788p. 420
The Federalist No. 79, May 28, 1788p. 428
The Federalist No. 80, May 28, 1788p. 431
The Federalist No. 81, May 28, 1788p. 438
The Federalist No. 82, May 28, 1788p. 448
The Federalist No. 83, May 28, 1788p. 452
The Federalist No. 84, May 28, 1788p. 467
The Federalist No. 85, May 28, 1788p. 478
To James Madison, June 8, 1788: Fears of Civil Warp. 485
Speech in the New York Ratifying Convention on Representation, June 21, 1788p. 487
Speech in the New York Ratifying Convention on Interests and Corruption, June 21, 1788p. 496
Speech in the New York Ratifying Convention on the Distribution of Powers, June 27, 1788p. 502
To George Washington, September 1788: Convincing Washington To Servep. 511
To James Wilson, January 25, 1789: Withholding Votes from Adamsp. 513
To George Washington, May 5, 1789: Presidential Etiquettep. 515
Secretary of the Treasury, 1789-1795
To Lafayette, October 6, 1789: "I Hazard Much"p. 521
Memorandum by George Beckwith on a Conversation with Hamilton, October 1789p. 523
To Henry Lee, December 1, 1789: "Suspicion Is Ever Eagle Eyed"p. 530
Report on the Public Credit, January 9, 1790p. 531
Report on a National Bank, December 13, 1790p. 575
Opinion on the Constitutionality of a National Bank, February 23, 1791p. 613
Report on the Subject of Manufactures, December 5, 1791p. 647
To Philip A. Hamilton, December 5, 1791: "A Promise Must Never Be Broken"p. 735
To Edward Carrington, May 26, 1792: "A Faction Decidedly Hostile to Me"p. 736
To George Washington, July 30, 1792: The Necessity of Reelectionp. 751
An American No. I, August 4, 1792p. 755
To George Washington, August 18, 1792: Political and Personal Defensep. 760
To John Adams, September 9, 1792: Reprimanding Adamsp. 788
To George Washington, September 9, 1792: Responding to a Plea for Peacep. 789
Amicus, September 11, 1792p. 792
To an Unknown Correspondent, September 26, 1792: An Embryo-Cesarp. 794
Draft of a Defense of the Neutrality Proclamation, c. May 1793p. 795
Pacificus No. I, June 29, 1793p. 801
To Andrew G. Fraunces, October 1, 1793: "Contemptible As You Are"p. 810
To Angelica Hamilton, c. November 1793: Advice to a Daughterp. 810
To George Washington, April 14, 1794: Crisis with Britainp. 811
To George Washington, August 2, 1794: The Whiskey Rebellionp. 823
Tully No. I, August 23, 1794p. 827
Tully No. III, August 28, 1794p. 830
To Angelica Church, October 23, 1794: "Wicked Insurgents of the West"p. 832
To Angelica Church, December 8, 1794: "A Politician, and Good for Nothing"p. 833
Memorandum on the French Revolution, 1794p. 833
To George Washington, February 3, 1795: Resigning from Officep. 836
Federalist Leader and Attorney, 1795-1804
To Rufus King, February 21, 1795: A Threat to the Public Creditp. 841
To Robert Troup, April 13, 1795: "Public Fools"p. 842
The Defence No. I, July 22, 1795p. 844
Memorandum on the Design for a Seal of the United States, c. May 1796p. 850
To George Washington, July 30, 1796: A Draft of the Farewell Addressp. 851
To William Loughton Smith, April 10, 1797: Crisis with Francep. 869
To William Hamilton, May 2, 1797: Introduction to an Unclep. 879
The "Reynolds Pamphlet," August 25, 1797p. 883
To George Washington, May 19, 1798: An Appeal to Washingtonp. 911
To Elizabeth Hamilton, November 1798: "My Good Genius"p. 912
To Theodore Sedgwick, February 2, 1799: The Problem of Virginiap. 913
To James McHenry, March 18, 1799: Displaying Strength "Like a Hercules"p. 915
Memorandum on Measures for Strengthening the Government, c. 1799p. 915
To Josiah Ogden Hoffman, November 6, 1799: "The Force of the Laws Must Be Tried"p. 920
To Charles Cotesworth Pinckney, December 22, 1799: The Death of Washingtonp. 922
To Martha Washington, January 12, 1800: "So Heart-Rending an Affliction"p. 922
To John Jay, May 7, 1800: An Electoral Stratagemp. 923
To Theodore Sedgwick, May 10, 1800: Withdrawing Support from Adamsp. 925
To Charles Carroll of Carrollton, July 1, 1800: Supporting Pinckneyp. 926
To John Adams, August 1, 1800: Response to an Accusationp. 928
To Oliver Wolcott Jr., August 3, 1800: "I Am in a Very Belligerent Humour"p. 929
To William Jackson, August 26, 1800: "The Most Humiliating Criticism"p. 930
Rules for Philip Hamilton, 1800p. 932
To John Adams, October 1, 1800: "A Base Wicked and Cruel Calumny"p. 932
Letter from Alexander Hamilton, Concerning the Public Conduct and Character of John Adams, Esq. President of the United States, October 24, 1800p. 934
To Gouverneur Morris, December 26, 1800: Jefferson Over Burrp. 972
To John Rutledge Jr., January 4, 1801: Anxiety About the Electionp. 972
To James A. Bayard, January 16, 1801: Burr Has "No Fixed Theory"p. 977
Proposal for the New York Legislature for Amending the Constitution, January 1802p. 982
Remarks on the Repeal of the Judiciary Act, February 11, 1802p. 983
To Gouverneur Morris, February 29, 1802: "Mine Is an Odd Destiny"p. 985
To Benjamin Rush, March 29, 1802: The Death of Philip Hamiltonp. 987
To James A. Bayard, April 1802: The Christian Constitutional Societyp. 987
To Rufus King, June 3, 1802: "A Most Visionary Theory Presides"p. 991
To Charles Cotesworth Pinckney, December 29, 1802: "Refuge of a Disappointed Politician"p. 994
To Elizabeth Hamilton, March 17, 1803: "A World Full of Evil"p. 995
Purchase of Louisiana, July 5, 1803p. 996
To Timothy Pickering, September 16, 1803: Explaining a Plan of Governmentp. 1002
Speech to a Federalist Meeting in Albany, February 10, 1804p. 1004
Propositions on the Law of Libel, February 15, 1804p. 1006
From Aaron Burr, June 18, 1804: Origins of a Disputep. 1008
To Aaron Burr, June 20, 1804: Declining to Avow or Disavowp. 1010
From Aaron Burr, June 21, 1804: New Reasons for a Definite Replyp. 1012
To Aaron Burr, June 22, 1804: "Expressions Indecorous and Improper"p. 1013
From Aaron Burr, June 22, 1804: "The Course I Am About to Pursue"p. 1014
Response to a Letter from William P. Van Ness, June 28, 1804p. 1015
Statement Regarding Financial Situation, July 1, 1804p. 1016
To Elizabeth Hamilton, July 4, 1804: "Fly to the Bosom of Your God"p. 1019
Statement Regarding the Duel with Burr, c. July 10, 1804p. 1019
To Theodore Sedgwick, July 10, 1804: "Our Real Disease; Which Is Democracy"p. 1022
To Elizabeth Hamilton, July 10, 1804: An Obligation Owedp. 1023
Statements on the Hamilton-Burr Duel
Joint Statement by William P. Van Ness and Nathaniel Pendleton, July 17, 1804p. 1027
Statement by Nathaniel Pendleton, July 19, 1804p. 1028
Statement by William P. Van Ness, July 21, 1804p. 1030
Chronologyp. 1035
Note on the Textsp. 1052
Notesp. 1056
Indexp. 1090
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