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Collection Reference Number GLC00773
From Archive Folder Documents Relating to 1780 
Title Alexander Hamilton to Elizabeth Schuyler regarding their wedding
Date 5 October 1780
Author Hamilton, Alexander (ca. 1757-1804)  
Recipient Schuyler, Elizabeth  
Document Type Correspondence
Content Description Begins a dramatic love letter to his fiancée with, " I have told you, and I told you truly that I love you too much . . . I meet you in every dream. . . I am to be thus monopolized by a little nut brown maid like you and from a Statesman and soldier metamorphosed into a puny lover." Continues on to say how much he misses her, but that he must remain until Lieutenant Colonel Robert Hanson Harrison returns. States that he will not be delayed past November and assures her that he is doing everything in his power to return. Descriptively explains how much he loves and misses her, ". . . my darling Betsey, to taste the heaven that awaits me in your bosom. Is my language too strong? . . . you will only know when wrapt in each others arms we give and take those delicious caresses which love inspires and marriage sanctifies." Admonishes her for not writing enough. Asks whether she would prefer him to wear his uniform for their marriage and whether she wants to follow their plan to be married secretly. Requests that she ask Margarita Schuyler (Peggy, Elizabeth's sister) if she will serve as the main character in a writing of his entitled, "The way to get him, for the benefit of all single ladies who desire to be married."
Subjects Marriage  Women's History  Love Letters  Sexuality  Military Uniforms  Revolutionary War  Literature and Language Arts  
People Hamilton, Alexander (ca. 1757-1804)  Hamilton, Elizabeth Schuyler (1757-1854)  Van Rensselaer, Margaret (Schuyler) (1758-1801)  Harrison, Robert Hanson (1745-1790)  
Place written Tappan, New York
Theme Women in American History; Arts & Literature
Sub-collection The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1493-1859
Additional Information Signer of the U.S. Constitution. Schuyler was the daughter of General Philip Schuyler and Hamilton's fiancée at the time. They married in December 1780.
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859
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