ASK A SLAVE Ep 1: Meet Lizzie Mae (by Ask A Slave: The Web Series)

Simultaneously hilarious and horrifying.

"If full occupation of mind, heart & hands, is happiness, surely he is happy! The sun never sees him in bed, & his mind de signs, more than the day can fulfil, even his long day.—The conversation of the morning, the letters I had read, & the idea that this was the last day I was to spend in his society, the last time I was ever to see him, filled my heart with sadness—I could scarcely look at or speak to him without tears."
-Margaret Bayard Smith on Thomas Jefferson
"[Hamilton said] Mr. Jefferson was a man of no judgment; he could write a pretty book, it was true, & gave some hard words…"
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Arthur Fenner, describing a conversation with Alexander Hamilton.


This was during one of Hamilton’s genius-like attempts to get Charles Pinckney elected in 1800. Went about as well as you would expect.

Angry John Adams.
Probably ranting about Hamilton.

Alexander Hamilton on Paying for Louisiana

By the way a question here presents itself of some little moment: Mr. Jefferson in that part of his famous electioneering message, where he took so much pains to present a flattering state of the Treasury in so few words that every man could carry it in his noddle and repeat it at the poll, tells us, that “experience too so far authorises us to believe, if no extrordinary event supervenes, and the expences which will be actually incurred shall not be greater than was contemplated by Congress at their last session, that we shall not be disappointed in the expectations formed” that the debt would soon be paid, &c.&c.

But the first and only measure of the administration that has really been of any material service to the country (for they have hitherto gone on the strength of the provisions made by their predecessors) is really “an extraordinary event,” and calls for more money than they have got. According to Mr. Gallatin’s report, they had about 40,000 to spare for contingencies, and now the first “extraordinary event” that “supervenes” calls upon them for several millions. What a poor starvling system of administering a government! But how is the money to be had? Not by taxing luxury and wealth and whiskey, but by increasing the taxes on the necessaries of life. Let this be remembered.

-Alexander Hamilton


He’s got a point. Quite unfair that Hamilton was castigated for desiring taxes to pay off the debt, and wanting the debt to exist forever. Can’t have it both ways, guys.

FROM ALEXANDER HAMILTON’S LETTER OF INSTRUCTIONS TO THE COMMANDING OFFICERS OF THE REVENUE CUTTERS

While I recommend in the strongest terms to the respective officers, activity, vigilance and firmness, I feel no less solicitude, that their deportment may be marked with prudence, moderation and good temper.
Upon these last qualities, not less that the former, must depend the success, usefulness and consequently continuance of the establishment in which they are included.They cannot be insensible that there are some prepossessions against it, that the charge with which they are intrusted [sic] is a delicate one, and that it is easy by mismanagement, to produce serious and extensive clamour, disgust and odium.
They will always keep in mind that their countrymen are freemen, and, as such, are impatient of everything that bears the least mark of a domineering spirit. They will, therefore,refrain, with the most guarded circumspection, from whatever has the semblance of haughtiness, rudeness, or insult. If obstacles occur, they will remember that they are under the particular protection of the laws and that they can meet with nothing disagreeable in the execution of their duty which these will not severely reprehend. This reflection, and a regard to the good of the service, will prevent, at all times a spirit of irritation or resentment. They will endeavor to overcome difficulties, if any are experienced, by a cool and temperate perseverance in their duty by address and moderation, rather than by vehemence or violence. The former style of conduct will recommend them to the particular approbation of the President of the United States, while the reverse of it even a single instance of outrage or intemperate or improper treatment of any person with whom they have anything to do, in the course of their duty, will meet with his pointed displeasure, and will be attended with correspondent consequences
"Other members of Washington’s cabinet, however, felt the United States should avoid promoting direct violations of British laws. Jefferson and Attorney General Edmund Randolph advised the president early in 1791 not to support a proposed textile factory in Virginia because it would be equipped with machines feloniously imported from England. Washington agreed, explaining that “it certainly would not carry an aspect very favorable to the dignity of the United States for the President in a clandestine manner to entice the subjects of another Nation to violate its Laws.” Hamilton, for his part, denied that the United States was obliged to respect the British restrictions. Technology piracy, he wrote, did “not violate any positive right of another” country."
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Alexander Hamilton’s Alternative: Technology Piracy and the Report on Manufactures by Doron Ben-Atar, from the William and Mary Quarterly

And they call Hamilton a lackey for the British…He only sucked up to them so he could steal their shit and exploit them shamelessly.

"[A] great Empire, like a great Cake, is most easily diminished at the Edges."
- Benjamin Franklin, “Rules By Which A Great Empire May Be Reduced To A Small One”; The Public Advertiser (September 11, 1773).
by Constantino Brumidi
Hamilton is the only one standing so he doesn’t look short.

by Constantino Brumidi

Hamilton is the only one standing so he doesn’t look short.

#Alexander Hamilton #George Washington #Thomas Jefferson #Founding Fathers #history

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