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ISBN-13: 9781931082044
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List price: $40.00
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Library of America, The
Publication date: 10/15/2001
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 1108
Size: 5.00" wide x 8.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.848
Language: English

Alexander Hamilton, January 11, 1757 - July 12, 1804 Alexander Hamilton was born on January 11, 1757 on the West Indian Island of Nevis. He was the illegitimate son of Scottish trader, James Hamilton and Rachel Faucett Lavien. His mother died in 1769, around the same time his father went bankrupt. Hamilton joined a countinghouse owned by David Bachman and Nicholas Cruger in St. Croix where he excelled at accounting. In 1772, until 1774, Hamilton attended a grammar school in Elizabethtown, New Jersey, and went on to study at King's College. Hamilton entered the Revolutionary movement in 1774 at a public gathering in New York City with a speech urging the calling of a general meeting of the colonies. That same year, he anonymously wrote two pamphlets entitled, "A Full Vindication of the Measures of Congress from the Calumnies of Their Enemies" and "The Farmer Refuted." When the Revolutionary War began, Hamilton joined the army and became a Captain of artillery, where he served with distinction in the battles of Long Island, White PLains, Trenton and Princeton. He was introduced to George Washington by General Nathaniel Greene with a reccomendation for advancement. Washington made Hamilton his aide-de-camp and personal secretary. He resigned in 1781 after a dispute with the General, but remained in the army and commanded a New York regiment of light infantry in the Battle of Yorktown. Hamilton left the army at the end of the war, and began studying law in Albany, NY. He served in the Continental Congress in 1782-83, before returning to practice law, becoming one of the most prominent lawyers in New York City. In 1786, hamilton participated in the Annapolis Convention and drafted the resolution that led to assembling the Constitutional Convention in 1787. He then helped to secure the ratification of the Constitution of New York with the help of John Jay and James Madison, who together wrote the collection of 85 essays which would become known as "The Federalist." Hamilton wrote at least 51 of the essays. In 1789, Washington appointed him the first Secretary of the Treasury, a position at which he excelled at and gained a vast influence in domestic and foreign issues, having convinced Washington to adopt a neutral policy when war broke out in Europe in 1793. In 1794, Hamilton wrote the instructions for a diplomatic mission which would lead to the signing of Jay's Treaty. He returned to his law practice in 1795. President John Adams appointed Hamilton Inspector General of the Army at the urging of Washington. He was very much involved with the politics of the country though, and focused his attentions on the presidential race of 1800. Hamilton did not like Aaron Burr and went out of his way to make sure that he did not attain a nomination. Similarly, when Burr ran for mayor of New York, Hamilton set about to ruin his chances for that position as well. Burr provoked an argument with Hamilton to force him to duel. Hamilton accepted and the two met on July 11, 1804 at Weehawken, New Jersey. Hamilton was shot and mortally wounded and died on July 12, 1804.

Joanne B. Freeman is assistant professor of history at Yale University. She recently appeared in the PBS American Experience documentary "The Duel", exploring the fatal 1804 clash between Burr and Hamilton.

The West Indies, the Revolution, and the Confederation, 1769-1786
To Edward Stevens, November 11, 1769: "My Ambition Is Prevalent"
To Nicholas Cruger, February 24, 1772: Counting-House Business
To The Royal Danish American Gazette, September 6, 1772: Account of a Hurricane
A Full Vindication of the Measures of the Congress, December 15, 1774
To John Jay, November 26, 1775: The Danger of Trusting in Virtue
To Gouverneur Morris, May 19, 1777: The New York Constitution
To George Clinton, February 13, 1778: The Trouble with Congress
To Elias Boudinot, July 5, 1778: The Battle of Monmouth
To John Jay, March 14, 1779: Enlisting Slaves as Soldiers
To John Laurens, c. April 1779: Hope for a Wife
To William Gordon, September 5, 1779: An Insult to Honor
To John Laurens, January 8, 1780: "I Am Not Fit for This Terrestreal Country"
To Elizabeth Schuyler, August 1780: "Examine Well Your Heart"
To James Duane, September 3, 1780: "The Defects of Our Present System"
To Elizabeth Schuyler, September 3, 1780: Opinions Regarding the Sexes
To Elizabeth Schuyler, September 25, 1780: The Plight of Mrs. Arnold
To Elizabeth Schuyler, October 2, 1780: The Fate of Major Andre
To Margarita Schuyler, January 21, 1781: Advice About Marriage
To Philip Schuyler, February 18, 1781: A Break with Washington
To James McHenry, February 18, 1781: Washington Will Repent His Ill-Humour
The Continentalist No. I, July 12, 1781
The Continentalist No. III, August 9, 1781
The Continentalist No. IV, August 30, 1781
The Continentalist No. VI, July 4, 1782
To Richard Kidder Meade, August 27, 1782: The Birth of a Son
Remarks in Congress on Raising Funds, January 27, 1783
Remarks in Congress on Collecting Funds, January 28, 1783
To George Washington, February 13, 1783: The Prospect of a Mutiny
To George Washington, March 17, 1783: "Contending for a Shadow"
A Letter from Phocion to the Considerate Citizens of New-York on the Politics of the Day, January 1784
To James Hamilton, June 22, 1785: "I Feel All the Sentiment of a Brother"
Address of the Annapolis Convention, September 14, 1786
Framing and Ratifying the Constitution, 1787-1789
Plan of Government, c. June 18, 1787
Speech in the Constitutional Convention on a Plan of Government, June 18, 1787
To George Washington, July 3, 1787: "The Critical Opportunity"
Conjectures About the New Constitution, c. late September 1787
The Federalist No. 1, October 27, 1787
The Federalist No. 6, November 14, 1787
The Federalist No. 7, November 17, 1787
The Federalist No. 8, November 20, 1787
The Federalist No. 9, November 21, 1787
The Federalist No. 11, November 24, 1787
The Federalist No. 12, November 27, 1787
The Federalist No. 13, November 28, 1787
The Federalist No. 15, December 1, 1787
The Federalist No. 16, December 4, 1787
The Federalist No. 17, December 5, 1787
The Federalist No. 21, December 12, 1787
The Federalist No. 22, December 14, 1787
The Federalist No. 23, December 18, 1787
The Federalist No. 24, December 19, 1787
The Federalist No. 25, December 21, 1787
The Federalist No. 26, December 22, 1787
The Federalist No. 27, December 25, 1787
The Federalist No. 28, December 26, 1787
The Federalist No. 29, January 9, 1788
The Federalist No. 30, December 28, 1787
The Federalist No. 31, January 1, 1788
The Federalist No. 32, January 2, 1788
The Federalist No. 33, January 2, 1788
The Federalist No. 34, January 5, 1788
The Federalist No. 35, January 5, 1788
The Federalist No. 36, January 8, 1788
The Federalist No. 59, February 22, 1788
The Federalist No. 60, February 23, 1788
The Federalist No. 61, February 26, 1788
The Federalist No. 65, March 7, 1788
The Federalist No. 66, March 8, 1788
The Federalist No. 67, March 11, 1788
The Federalist No. 68, March 12, 1788
The Federalist No. 69, March 14, 1788
The Federalist No. 70, March 15, 1788
The Federalist No. 71, March 18, 1788
The Federalist No. 72, March 19, 1788
The Federalist No. 73, March 21, 1788
The Federalist No. 74, March 25, 1788
The Federalist No. 75, March 26, 1788
The Federalist No. 76, April 1, 1788
The Federalist No. 77, April 2, 1788
To James Madison, May 19, 1788: Coordinating a Campaign
The Federalist No. 78, May 28, 1788
The Federalist No. 79, May 28, 1788
The Federalist No. 80, May 28, 1788
The Federalist No. 81, May 28, 1788
The Federalist No. 82, May 28, 1788
The Federalist No. 83, May 28, 1788
The Federalist No. 84, May 28, 1788
The Federalist No. 85, May 28, 1788
To James Madison, June 8, 1788: Fears of Civil War
Speech in the New York Ratifying Convention on Representation, June 21, 1788
Speech in the New York Ratifying Convention on Interests and Corruption, June 21, 1788
Speech in the New York Ratifying Convention on the Distribution of Powers, June 27, 1788
To George Washington, September 1788: Convincing Washington To Serve
To James Wilson, January 25, 1789: Withholding Votes from Adams
To George Washington, May 5, 1789: Presidential Etiquette
Secretary of the Treasury, 1789-1795
To Lafayette, October 6, 1789: "I Hazard Much"
Memorandum by George Beckwith on a Conversation with Hamilton, October 1789
To Henry Lee, December 1, 1789: "Suspicion Is Ever Eagle Eyed"
Report on the Public Credit, January 9, 1790
Report on a National Bank, December 13, 1790
Opinion on the Constitutionality of a National Bank, February 23, 1791
Report on the Subject of Manufactures, December 5, 1791
To Philip A. Hamilton, December 5, 1791: "A Promise Must Never Be Broken"
To Edward Carrington, May 26, 1792: "A Faction Decidedly Hostile to Me"
To George Washington, July 30, 1792: The Necessity of Reelection
An American No. I, August 4, 1792
To George Washington, August 18, 1792: Political and Personal Defense
To John Adams, September 9, 1792: Reprimanding Adams
To George Washington, September 9, 1792: Responding to a Plea for Peace
Amicus, September 11, 1792
To an Unknown Correspondent, September 26, 1792: An Embryo-Cesar
Draft of a Defense of the Neutrality Proclamation, c. May 1793
Pacificus No. I, June 29, 1793
To Andrew G. Fraunces, October 1, 1793: "Contemptible As You Are"
To Angelica Hamilton, c. November 1793: Advice to a Daughter
To George Washington, April 14, 1794: Crisis with Britain
To George Washington, August 2, 1794: The Whiskey Rebellion
Tully No. I, August 23, 1794
Tully No. III, August 28, 1794
To Angelica Church, October 23, 1794: "Wicked Insurgents of the West"
To Angelica Church, December 8, 1794: "A Politician, and Good for Nothing"
Memorandum on the French Revolution, 1794
To George Washington, February 3, 1795: Resigning from Office
Federalist Leader and Attorney, 1795-1804
To Rufus King, February 21, 1795: A Threat to the Public Credit
To Robert Troup, April 13, 1795: "Public Fools"
The Defence No. I, July 22, 1795
Memorandum on the Design for a Seal of the United States, c. May 1796
To George Washington, July 30, 1796: A Draft of the Farewell Address
To William Loughton Smith, April 10, 1797: Crisis with France
To William Hamilton, May 2, 1797: Introduction to an Uncle
The "Reynolds Pamphlet," August 25, 1797
To George Washington, May 19, 1798: An Appeal to Washington
To Elizabeth Hamilton, November 1798: "My Good Genius"
To Theodore Sedgwick, February 2, 1799: The Problem of Virginia
To James McHenry, March 18, 1799: Displaying Strength "Like a Hercules"
Memorandum on Measures for Strengthening the Government, c. 1799
To Josiah Ogden Hoffman, November 6, 1799: "The Force of the Laws Must Be Tried"
To Charles Cotesworth Pinckney, December 22, 1799: The Death of Washington
To Martha Washington, January 12, 1800: "So Heart-Rending an Affliction"
To John Jay, May 7, 1800: An Electoral Stratagem
To Theodore Sedgwick, May 10, 1800: Withdrawing Support from Adams
To Charles Carroll of Carrollton, July 1, 1800: Supporting Pinckney
To John Adams, August 1, 1800: Response to an Accusation
To Oliver Wolcott Jr., August 3, 1800: "I Am in a Very Belligerent Humour"
To William Jackson, August 26, 1800: "The Most Humiliating Criticism"
Rules for Philip Hamilton, 1800
To John Adams, October 1, 1800: "A Base Wicked and Cruel Calumny"
Letter from Alexander Hamilton, Concerning the Public Conduct and Character of John Adams, Esq. President of the United States, October 24, 1800
To Gouverneur Morris, December 26, 1800: Jefferson Over Burr
To John Rutledge Jr., January 4, 1801: Anxiety About the Election
To James A. Bayard, January 16, 1801: Burr Has "No Fixed Theory"
Proposal for the New York Legislature for Amending the Constitution, January 1802
Remarks on the Repeal of the Judiciary Act, February 11, 1802
To Gouverneur Morris, February 29, 1802: "Mine Is an Odd Destiny"
To Benjamin Rush, March 29, 1802: The Death of Philip Hamilton
To James A. Bayard, April 1802: The Christian Constitutional Society
To Rufus King, June 3, 1802: "A Most Visionary Theory Presides"
To Charles Cotesworth Pinckney, December 29, 1802: "Refuge of a Disappointed Politician"
To Elizabeth Hamilton, March 17, 1803: "A World Full of Evil"
Purchase of Louisiana, July 5, 1803
To Timothy Pickering, September 16, 1803: Explaining a Plan of Government
Speech to a Federalist Meeting in Albany, February 10, 1804
Propositions on the Law of Libel, February 15, 1804
From Aaron Burr, June 18, 1804: Origins of a Dispute
To Aaron Burr, June 20, 1804: Declining to Avow or Disavow
From Aaron Burr, June 21, 1804: New Reasons for a Definite Reply
To Aaron Burr, June 22, 1804: "Expressions Indecorous and Improper"
From Aaron Burr, June 22, 1804: "The Course I Am About to Pursue"
Response to a Letter from William P. Van Ness, June 28, 1804
Statement Regarding Financial Situation, July 1, 1804
To Elizabeth Hamilton, July 4, 1804: "Fly to the Bosom of Your God"
Statement Regarding the Duel with Burr, c. July 10, 1804
To Theodore Sedgwick, July 10, 1804: "Our Real Disease; Which Is Democracy"
To Elizabeth Hamilton, July 10, 1804: An Obligation Owed
Statements on the Hamilton-Burr Duel
Joint Statement by William P. Van Ness and Nathaniel Pendleton, July 17, 1804
Statement by Nathaniel Pendleton, July 19, 1804
Statement by William P. Van Ness, July 21, 1804
Chronology
Note on the Texts
Notes
Index

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