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Poetry Friday: A letter to Eliza from Alexander Hamilton

July 15th, 2016 (06:00 am)

Current Mood: content
Current Song: Take a Break from the musical Hamilton

A letter from Alexander Hamilton to Elizabeth Schuyler, August 1780:

Impatiently My Dearest have I been expecting the return of your father to bring me a letter from my charmer with the answers you have been good enough to promise me to the little questions asked in mine by him. I long to see the workings of my Betsey's heart, and I promise my self I shall have ample gratification to my fondness in the sweet familiarity of her pen. She will there I hope paint me her feelings without reserve - even in those tender moments of pillowed retirement, when her soul abstracted from every other object, delivers itself up to Love and to me - yet with all that delicacy which suits the purity of her mind and which is so conspicuous in whatever she does.

Now that's poetry.

... and this next bit is hilarious:

It is now a week my Betsey since I have heard from you. In that time I have written you twice. I think it will be advisable in future to number our letters, for I have reason to suspect they do not all meet with fair play. This is number one.

Click here to read the full letter.

Here is Lin-Manuel Miranda reading the letter at Hamilton's #Ham4Ham show on July 6th:

If you cannot see the video player above, click here to watch it on YouTube. (Thank you, Howard Sherman.)

Read my review of Hamilton: The Revolution by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter aka the Hamiltome.

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Posted by: Mary Lee Hahn (Mary Lee Hahn)
Posted at: July 15th, 2016 02:05 pm (UTC)

"the sweet familiarity of her pen" -- swoon!!

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: July 15th, 2016 03:34 pm (UTC)

Right? :)

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