John Adams to Abigail Adams
Posted this in December of last year, and now I’m bringing it back. Oh, Adams.
Jefferson admitted to “offering love” to the wife of a friend back in the day. Bad TJ. Caused quite an incident.
I congratulate you and myself on your victory over Brockholst. Whether your interest is much promoted by it or not is of small consequence - In the triumph of vanquishing such an enemy. That you know was your principal inducement and I know that you will be willing to pay well for it.
I have been deliberating whether to charge you 200 or 100 pounds for my services in this cause. In fixing upon the latter I am afraid I shall offend you. But I love to show my moderation & therefore whether you or angry or not I will only have One hundred. This I beg you to remit without delay. I have been building a fine house and am very low in Cash; so that it will be amazingly convenient to me to touch your money as soon as possible.
I wish you many pleasant moments & that you may be able to steer clear of the Court of Errors. I have fought so hard for you that I am entirely exhausted."
Alexander Hamilton to William Cooper, September 6, 1802. Hamilton, you’re accepting fees for your services, I’m so proud of you. Even though Robert Troup asked for $488. (via publius-report)
This is the cutest letter in the universe. It’s so cute, I need to break it down into all it’s cute widdle parts.
- Emphasis on how awesome vanquishing an enemy is. Hamilton, you are fierce.
- “I know that you will be willing to pay well for it.”
- “I love to show my moderation…” The self-awareness! Dawww!
Harrison Gray Otis
(liquorish=lustful; cara sposa=beloved wife)
I love Otis’s obvious amusement with the fact that Kent is pleased his wife didn’t like Hamilton. XD A little insecure, eh Kent?
Also, Hamilton staring lustfully at other men’s wives.
I…I can’t say I ever expected Thomas Jefferson to make any sort of reference to butts being kicked in his correspondence.