The Essential Hamilton: Letters & Other Writings: A Library of America Special Publication

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The Essential Hamilton: Letters & Other Writings: A Library of America Special Publication by Alexander Hamilton

America's most controversial founder—in his own words

A brash immigrant who rose to become George Washington’s right-hand man. A fierce partisan whose nationalist vision made him Thomas Jefferson’s bitter rival. An unfaithful husband whose commitment to personal honor brought his life to a tragic early end. The amazing success of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical Hamilton has stoked an extraordinary resurgence of interest in Alexander Hamilton, the brilliant and divisive founder who profoundly shaped the American republic. Now, Library of America presents an unrivaled portrait of Hamilton in his own words, charting his meteoric rise, his controversial tenure as treasury secretary, and his scandalous final years, culminating in his infamous duel with Aaron Burr. Selected and introduced by acclaimed historian Joanne B. Freeman, here is a reader’s edition of Hamilton’s essential public writings and private letters, plus the correspondence between Burr and Hamilton that led to their duel and two conflicting eyewitness accounts of their fatal encounter.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781598535488
Publisher: Library of America
Publication date: 05/23/2017
Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 447
File size: 791 KB

About the Author

JOANNE B. FREEMAN, editor, is professor of History and American Studies at Yale University and a leading authority on Hamilton and his world. Author of the award-winning Affairs of Honor: National Politics in the New Republic and a co-host of the popular history podcast BackStory, she has appeared in numerous PBS American Experience documentaries, and, more recently, in the Great Performances documentary “Hamilton’s America.”

Table of Contents

Introduction xiii

The West Indies, The Revolution, and the Confederation, 1769-1786 1

To Edward Stevens, November 11, 1769: "My Ambition Is Prevalent" 3

To The Royal Danish American Gazette, September 6, 1772: Account of a Hurricane 4

A Full Vindication of the Measures of the Congress, December 15, 1774 7

To John Jay, November 26, 1775: The Danger of Trusting in Virtue 40

To John Jay, March 14, 1779: Enlisting Slaves as Soldiers 43

To John Laurens, c. April 1779: Hope for a Wife 45

To John Laurens, January 8, 1780: "I Am Not Fit for This Terrestreal Country" 48

To Elizabeth Schuyler, August 1780: "Examine Well Your Heart" 50

To James Duanc, September 3, 1780: "The Defects of Our Present System" 53

To Elizabeth Schuyler, September 25, 1780: The Plight of Mrs. Arnold 70

To Elizabeth Schuyler, October 2, 1780: The Fate of Major André 72

To Margarita Schuyler, January 21, 1781: Advice About Marriage 73

To Philip Schuyler, February 18, 1781: A Break with Washington 74

To James McHenry, February 18, 1781: Washington Will Repent His Ill-Humour 77

The Continentalist No. III, August 9, 1781 78

To George Washington, February 13, 1785: The Prospect of a Mutiny 83

To James Hamilton, June 22, 1785: "I Feel All the Sentiment of a Brother" 85

Framing and Ratifying the Constitution 1787-1789 87

Plan of Government, c. June 18, 1787 89

Speech in the Constitutional Convention on a Plan of Government, June 18, 1787 91

To George Washington, July 3, 1787: "The Critical Opportunity" 106

Conjectures About the New Constitution, c. late September 1787 107

The Federalist No. 1, October 27, 1787 110

The Federalist No. 15, December 1, 1787 114

The Federalist No. 35, January 5, 1788 122

The Federalist No. 70, March 15, 1788 128

To James Madison, May 19, 1788: Coordinating a Campaign 136

The Federalist No. 78, May 28, 1788 137

The Federalist No. 84, May 28, 1788 145

Speech in the New York Ratifying Convention on Interests and Corruption, June 21, 1788 155

To George Washington, September 1788: Convincing Washington to Serve 161

To George Washington, May 5, 1789: Presidential Etiquette 163

Secretary of the Treasury, 1789-1795 167

To Lafayette, October 6, 1789: "I Hazard Much" 169

To Henry Lee, December 1, 1789: "Suspicion Is Ever Eagle Eyed" 171

From Report on Public Credit, January 9, 1790 171

Opinion on the Constitutionality of a National Bank, February 23, 1791 186

To Philip A. Hamilton, December 5, 1791: "A Promise Must Never Be Broken" 218

To Edward Carrington, May 26, 1792: "A Faction Decidedly Hostile to Me" 219

An American No. I, August 4, 1792 235

To George Washington, September 9, 1792: Responding to a Plea for Peace 240

To an Unknown Correspondent, September 26, 1792: An Embryo-Casar 242

Draft of a Defense of the Neutrality Proclamation, c. May 1793 243

Pacificus No. I, June 29, 1793 249

To Andrew G. Fraunccs, October 1, 1793: "Contemptible As You Are" 257

To Angelica Hamilton, e. November 1793: Advice to a Daughter 258

Tully No. III, August 28, 1794 258

To Angelica Church, October 23, 1794: "Wicked Insurgents of the West" 260

To Angelica Church, December 8, 1794: "A Politician, and Good for Nothing" 261

Memorandum on the French Revolution, 1794 262

To George Washington, February 3, 1795: Resigning from Office 264

Federalist Leader and Attorney, 1795-1804 267

To Rufus King, February 23, 1795: A Threat to the Public Credit 269

To Robert Troup, April 13, 1795: "Public Fools" 270

Memorandum on the Design for Seal of the United States, c. May 1796 271

To George Washington, July 30, 1796: A Draft of the Farewell Address 273

To William Hamilton, May 2, 1797: Introduction to an Uncle 290

The "Reynolds Pamphlet," August 25, 1797 293

To Elizabeth Hamilton, November 19, 1798: "My Good Genius" 320

To Theodore Sedgwick, February 2, 1799: The Problem of Virginia 321

To James McHenry, March 18, 1799: Displaying Strength "Like a Hercules" 323

To Charles Cotesworth Pinckney, December 22, 1799: The Death of Washington 323

To Martha Washington, January 12, 1800: "So Heart-Rending an Affliction" 324

To John Jay, May 7, 1800: An Electoral Stratagem 325

To Theodore Sedgwick, May 10, 1800: Withdrawing Support from Adams 327

To John Adams, August 1, 1800: Response to an Accusation 328

To William Jackson, August 26, 1800: "The Most Humiliating Criticism" 328

Rules for Philip Hamilton, 1800 330

To Gouverneur Morris, December 26, 1800: Jefferson over Burr 331

To John Rutledge Jr., January 4, 1801: Anxiety About the Election 331

To James A. Bayard, January 16, 1801: Burr Has "No Fixed Theory" 335

To Gouverneur Morris, February 29, 1802: "Mine Is an Odd Destiny" 340

To Benjamin Rush, March 29, 1802: The Death of Philip Hamilton 342

To James A. Bayard, April 1802: The Christian Constitutional Society 342

To Charles Cotesworth Pinckney, December 29, 1802: "Refuge of a Disappointed Politician" 346

To Elizabeth Hamilton, March 17, 1803: "A World Full of Evil" 347

To Timothy Pickering, September 16, 1803: Explaining & Plan of Government 348

The Duel, 1804 351

From Aaron Burr, June 18, 1804: Origins of a Dispute 353

To Aaron Burr, June 20, 1804: Declining to Avow or Disavow 355

From Aaron Burr, June 21, 1804: New Reasons for a Definite Reply 357

To Aaron Burr, Tune 22, 1804: "Expressions Indecorous and Improper" 358

From Aaron Burr, June 22, 1804: "The Course I Am About to Pursue" 358

Response to a Letter from William P. Van Ness, June 28, 1804 359

Statement Regarding Financial Situation, July 1, 1804 360

To Elizabeth Hamilton, July 4, 1804: "Fly to the Bosom of Your God" 363

Statement Regarding the Duel with Burr, c. July 10, 1804 364

To Theodore Sedgwick, July 10, 1804: "Our Real Disease; Which Is Democracy" 366

To Elizabeth Hamilton, July 10, 1804: An Obligation Owed 367

Joint Statement by William P. Van Ness and Nathaniel Pendleton, July 17, 1804 368

Statement by Nathaniel Pendleton, July 19, 1804 369

Statement by William P. Van Ness, July 21, 1804 371

Chronology 375

Note on the Texts 392

Notes 396

Index 415

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