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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, forceful critic of the Articles of Confederation, persuasive 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 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 rise to fame and to his tragic early death.

Arranged chronologically, Writings contains more than 170 letters, speeches, essays, reports, and memoranda written between 1769 and 1804. Included are all 51 of Hamilton's contributions to The Federalist, as well as subsequent writing calling for a broad construction of federal power under the Constitution; his famous speech to the Constitutional Convention, which gave rise to accusations that he favored monarchy; early writings supporting the Revolutionary cause and a stronger central government; his visionary reports as Treasury secretary on the public credit, a national bank, and the encouragement of American manufactures; a detailed confession of adultery made by Hamilton in order to defend himself against charges of official misconduct; and his self-destructive attack on John Adams during the 1800 campaign. An extensive selection of private letters illuminates Hamilton's complex relationship with George Washington, his deep affection for his wife andchildren, his mounting fears during the 1790s regarding the Jeffersonian opposition and the French Revolution, and his profound distrust of Aaron Burr. Included in an appendix are conflicting eyewitness accounts of the Hamilton-Burr duel.

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  • SKU: 9781931082044
  • SKU10: 1931082049
  • Title: Hamilton: Writings
  • Series: Library of America
  • Publisher: Library of America
  • Date Published: Oct 2001
  • Pages: 1108
  • Age Range: 18 - UP
  • Grade Level: College Freshman thru Up
  • Weight lbs: 1.60
  • Dimensions: 8.16" L x 5.20" W x 1.38" H
  • Features: Table of Contents, Price on Product, Index, Dust Cover
  • Themes: Theometrics | Secular; Chronological Period | 18th Century;
  • Category: GENERAL INTEREST
  • Subject: United States - Revolutionary War

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Copyright © 2001 Literary Classics of the United States, Inc All rights reserved.
ISBN: 1-931082-04-9
Contents

The West Indies, the Revolution, and the Confederation, 1769-1786
  To Edward Stevens, November 11, 1769.3
      "My Ambition Is Prevalent"  To Nicholas Cruger, February 24,.4
      1772  Counting-House Business
  To The Royal Danish American Gazette,6
      September 6, 1772  Account of a Hurricane
  A Full Vindication of the Measures10
      of the Congress,  December 15, 1774
  To John Jay, November 26,.43
      1775  The Danger of Trusting in Virtue
  To Gouverneur Morris, May 19,.46
      1777  The New York Constitution
  To George Clinton, February 13, 48
      1778  The Trouble with Congress
  To Elias Boudinot, July 5, 1778  The Battle of Monmouth.51
  To John Jay, March 14, 1779  Enlisting Slaves as Soldiers.56
  To John Laurens, c. April 1779  Hope for a Wife.58
  To William Gordon, September 5, 1779  An Insult to Honor61
  To John Laurens, January 8, 1780  65
      "I Am Not Fit for This Terrestreal Country"  To Elizabeth Schuyler, .66
      August 1780  "Examine Well Your Heart"  To James Duane, September 3, .70
      1780  "The Defects of Our Present System"  To Elizabeth Schuyler, September 3, 1780  Opinions
  Regarding the Sexes.87
  To Elizabeth Schuyler, September 25, 1780  The Plight of
  Mrs. Arnold.89
  To Elizabeth Schuyler, October 2, 1780  The Fate of Major
  André.91
  To Margarita Schuyler, January 21, 1781  Advice About
  Marriage92
  To Philip Schuyler, February 18, 1781  A Break with
  Washington93
  To James McHenry, February 18, 1781  Washington Will
  Repent His Ill-Humour.97
  The Continentalist No. I, July 12, 1781.98
  The Continentalist No. III, August 9, 1781.101
  The Continentalist No. IV, August 30, 1781.106
  The Continentalist No. VI, July 4, 1782111
  To Richard Kidder Meade, August 27, 1782  The Birth of a
  Son118
  Remarks in Congress on Raising Funds, January 27, 1783.120
  Remarks in Congress on Collecting Funds,  January 28, 1783.121
  To George Washington, February 13, 1783  The Prospect of
  a Mutiny.121
  To George Washington, March 17,123
      1783  "Contending for a Shadow"  A Letter from Phocion to the Considerate Citizens127
      of New-York on the Politics of the Day, January 1784
  To James Hamilton, June 22, 1785  .140
      "I Feel All the Sentiment of a Brother"  Address of the Annapolis Convention, September 14, 1786142
Framing and Ratifying the Constitution, 1787-1789
  Plan of Government, c. June 18, 1787.149
  Speech in the Constitutional Convention on a Plan of
  Government, June 18, 1787151
  To George Washington, July 3,166
      1787  "The Critical Opportunity"  Conjectures About the New Constitution, c. late September
  1787.167
  The Federalist No. 4, October 27, 1787.171
  The Federalist No. 6, November 14, 1787176
  The Federalist No. 7, November 17, 1787183
  The Federalist No. 8, November 20, 1787190
  The Federalist No. 9, November 21, 1787196
  The Federalist No. 11, November 24, 1787.202
  The Federalist No. 12, November 27, 1787.209
  The Federalist No. 13, November 28, 1787.215
  The Federalist No. 15, December 1, 1787218
  The Federalist No. 16, December 4, 1787226
  The Federalist No. 17, December 5, 1787232
  The Federalist No. 21, December 12, 1787.237
  The Federalist No. 22, December 14, 1787.243
  The Federalist No. 23, December 18, 1787.253
  The Federalist No. 24, December 19, 1787.258
  The Federalist No. 25, December 21, 1787.264
  The Federalist No. 26, December 22, 1787.269
  The Federalist No. 27, December 25, 1787.275
  The Federalist No. 28, December 26, 1787.279
  The Federalist No. 29, January 9, 1788.284
  The Federalist No. 30, December 28, 1787.290
  The Federalist No. 31, January 1, 1788.296
  The Federalist No. 32, January 2, 1788.301
  The Federalist No. 33, January 2, 1788.305
  The Federalist No. 34, January 5, 1788.310
  The Federalist No. 35, January 5, 1788.316
  The Federalist No. 36, January 8, 1788.322
  The Federalist No. 59, February 22, 1788.330
  The Federalist No. 60, February 23, 1788.335
  The Federalist No. 61, February 26, 1788.341
  The Federalist No. 65, March 7, 1788.345
  The Federalist No. 66, March 8, 1788.351
  The Federalist No. 67, March 11, 1788357
  The Federalist No. 68, March 12, 1788362
  The Federalist No. 69, March 14, 1788366
  The Federalist No. 70, March 15, 1788374
  The Federalist No. 71, March 18, 1788383
  The Federalist No. 72, March 19, 1788388
  The Federalist No. 73, March 21, 1788394
  The Federalist No. 74, March 25, 1788400
  The Federalist No. 75, March 26, 1788403
  The Federalist No. 76, April 1, 1788.408
  The Federalist No. 77, April 2, 1788.413
  To James Madison, May 19, 1788  Coordinating a Campaign418
  The Federalist No. 78, May 28, 1788420
  The Federalist No. 79, May 28, 1788428
  The Federalist No. 80, May 28, 1788431
  The Federalist No. 81, May 28, 1788438
  The Federalist No. 82, May 28, 1788448
  The Federalist No. 83, May 28, 1788452
  The Federalist No. 84, May 28, 1788467
  The Federalist No. 85, May 28, 1788478
  To James Madison, June 8, 1788  Fears of Civil War.485
  Speech in the New York Ratifying Convention on
  Representation, June 21, 1788487
  Speech in the New York Ratifying Convention on Interests
  and Corruption, June 21, 1788496
  Speech in the New York Ratifying Convention on the
  Distribution of Powers, lane 27, 1788502
  To George Washington, September 1788 Convincing
  Washington To Serve511
  To James Wilson, January 25, 1789  Withholding Votes from
  Adams513
  To George Washington, May 5, 1789  Presidential Etiquette515
Secretary of the Treasury, 1789-1795
  To Lafayette, October 6, 1789  "I Hazard Much".521
  Memorandum by George Beckwith on a Conversation with
  Hamilton, October 1789.523
  To Henry Lee, December 1,530
      1789  "Suspicion Is Ever Eagle Eyed"  Report on the Public Credit, January 9, 1790.531
  Report on a National Bank, December 13, 1790.575
  Opinion on the Constitutionality of a National Bank,  February 23, 1791613
  Report on the Subject of Manufactures, December 5, 1791647
  To Philip A. Hamilton, December 5,.735
      1791  "A Promise Must Never Be Broken"  To Edward Carrington, May 26, 1792.736
      "A Faction Decidedly Hostile to Me"  To George Washington, July 30, 1792  The Necessity of
  Reelection.751
  An American No. 1, August 4, 1792755
  To George Washington, August 18, 1792  Political and
  Personal Defense.760
  To John Adams, September 9, 1792  Reprimanding Adams.788
  To George Washington, September 9, 1792  Responding to a
  Plea for Peace.789
  Amicus, September 11, 1792.792
  To an Unknown Correspondent, September 26, 1792  An
  Embryo-Cesar.794
  Draft of a Defense of the Neutrality Proclamation, c. May
  1793.795
  Pacificus No. I, June 29, 1793.801
  To Andrew G. Fraunces, October 1, .810
      1793  "Contemptible As You Are"  To Angelica Hamilton, c. November 1793  Advice to a
  Daughter.810
  To George Washington, April 14, 1794  Crisis with Britain811
  To George Washington, August 2, 1794  The Whiskey
  Rebellion823
  Tully No. I, August 23, 1794.827
  Tully No. III, August 28, 1794.830
  To Angelica Church, October 23, .832
      1794  "Wicked Insurgents of the West"  To Angelica Church, December 8,833
      1794  "A Politician, and Good for Nothing"  Memorandum on the French Revolution, 1794833
  To George Washington, February 3, 1795  Resigning from
  Office.836
Federalist Leader and Attorney, 1795-1804
  To Rufus King, February 21, 1795  A Threat to the Public
  Credit.841
  To Robert Troup, April 13, 1795  "Public Fools"842
  The Defence No. 1, July 22, 1795.844
  Memorandum on the Design for a Seal of the United States,  c. May 1796850
  To George Washington, July 30, 1796  A Draft of the
  Farewell Address.851
  To William Loughton Smith, April l0, 1797  Crisis with
  France.869
  To William Hamilton, May 2, 1797  Introduction to an Uncle.879
  The "Reynolds Pamphlet," August 25, 1797.883
  To George Washington, May 19, 1798  An Appeal to
  Washington.911
  To Elizabeth Hamilton,.912
      November 1798  "My Good Genius"  To Theodore Sedgwick, February 2, 1799  The Problem of
  Virginia.913
  To James McHenry, March 18,915
      1799  Displaying Strength "Like a Hercules"  Memorandum on Measures for Strengthening the Government,  c. 1799915
  To Josiah Ogden Hoffman, November 6,.920
      1799  "The Force of the Laws Must Be Tried"  To Charles Cotesworth Pinckney, December 22, 1799  The
  Death of Washington922
  To Martha Washington, January 12,922
  1800  "So Heart-Rending an Affliction"  To John Jay, May 7, 1800  An Electoral Stratagem.923
  To Theodore Sedgwick, May 10, 1800  Withdrawing Support
  from Adams.925
  To Charles Carroll of Carrollton, July 1, 1800 
  Supporting Pinckney926
  To John Adams, August 1, 1800  Response to an Accusation.928
  To Oliver Wolcott Jr., August 3,.929
      1800  "I Am in a Very Belligerent Humour"  To William Jackson, August 26,.930
      1800  "The Most Humiliating Criticism"  Rules for Philip Hamilton, 1800932
  To John Adams, October 1,932
      1800  "A Base Wicked and Cruel Calumny"  Letter from Alexander Hamilton, Concerning the Public
  Conduct and Character of John Adams, Esq. President of.934
  To Gouverneur Morris, December 26, 1800  Jefferson Over
  Burr.972
  To John Rutledge Jr., January 4, 1801  Anxiety About the
  Election.972
  To James A. Bayard, January 16,977
      1801  Burr Has "No Fixed Theory"  Proposal for the New York Legislature for Amending the
  Constitution, January 1802.982
  Remarks on the Repeal of the Judiciary Act, February 11,  1802.983
  To Gouverneur Morris, February 29, 985
      1802  "Mine Is an Odd Destiny"  To Benjamin Rush, March 29, 1802  The Death of Philip
  Hamilton.987
  To James A. Bayard, April 1802  The Christian
  Constitutional Society.987
  To Ruffus King, June 3, 1802  .991
      "A Most Visionary Theory Presides"  To Charles Cotesworth Pinckney, December 29, 1802  994
      "Refuge of a Disappointed Politician"  To Elizabeth Hamilton, March 17, 995
      1803  "A World Full of Evil"  Purchase of Louisiana, July 5, 1803996
  To Timothy Pickering, September 16, 1803  Explaining a
  Plan Government.1002
  Speech to a Federalist Meeting in Albany, February 10,  18041004
  Propositions on the Law of Libel, February 15, 1804.1006
  From Aaron Burr, June 18, 1804  Origins of a Dispute1008
  To Aaron Burr, June 20, 1804  Declining to Avow or Disavow1010
  From Aaron Burr, June 21, 1804  New Reasons for a
  Definite Reply1012
  To Aaron Burr, June 22, 1013
      1804  "Expressions Indecorous and Improper"  From Aaron Burr, June 22, 1014
      1804  "The Course I Am About to Pursue"  Response to a Letter from William P. Van Ness, June 28,  18041015
  Statement Regarding Financial Situation, July 1, 1804.1016
  To Elizabeth Hamilton, July 4, .1019
      1804  "Fly to the Bosom of Your God"  Statement Regarding the Duel with Burr, c. July 10, 18041019
  To Theodore Sedgwick, July 10, .1022
      1804 "Our Real Disease; Which Is Democracy"  To Elizabeth Hamilton, July 10, 1804  An Obligation Owed1023
Appendix: Statements on the Hamilton-Burr Duel
  Joint Statement by William P. Van Ness and Nathaniel
  Pendleton, July 17, 18041027
  Statement by Nathaniel Pendleton, July 19, 1804.1028
  Statement by William p. Van Ness, July 21, 1804.1030
Chronology1035
Note on the Texts.1052
Notes.1056
Index.1090


Chapter One


"MY AMBITION IS PREVALENT"

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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