Was American Founding Father Alexander Hamilton Gay ? Part 3

About the American founding father Alexander Hamilton and the debate over whether or not he was a homosexual.



Laurens was with the American army in South Carolina when British forces arrived off that colony's coast and began the attack on Charleston which ended with that city's capture. Laurens was taken prisoner on May 12, 1780, and on a parole restricting him to the state of Pennsylvania arrived in Philadelphia. On June 30, 1780, Hamilton wrote to him:

"I have talked to the General about your exchange; but the rigid rules of impartiality oppose our wishes. I am the only one in the family who thinks you can be exchanged with any propriety, on the score of your relation to the Commander in Chief. We all love you sincerely; but I have more of the infirmities of human nature than the others, and suspect myself of being byassed by my partiality for you."

Hamilton reveals that he is now engaged to be married.

"Have you not heard that I am on the point of becoming a benedict? I confess my sins. Next fall completes my doom. I give up my liberty to Miss Schuyler. She is a good-hearted girl who I am sure will never play the termagant; though not a genius she had good sense enough to be agreeable, and though not a beauty, she has fine black eyes--is rather handsome and has every other requisite of the exterior to make a lover happy. And believe me, I am lover in earnest, though I do not speak of the perfections of my Mistress in the enthusiasm of Chivalry.

"Is it true that you are confined to Pennsylvania? Cannot you pay us a visit? If you can, hasten to give us a pleasure which we shall relish with the sensibility of the sincerest friendship.

"Adieu God bless you. . .

"A Hamilton"

On Sept. 16, 1780, Hamilton again wrote to Laurens, still under arrest and confined to Pennsylvania:

"That you can speak only of your private affairs shall be no excuse for your not writing frequently. Remember that you write to your friends, and that friends have the same interests, pains, pleasures, sympathies; and that all men love egotism.

"In spite of Schuyler's black eyes, I have still a part for the public and another for you; so your impatience to have me married is misplaced; a strange cure by the way, as if after matrimony I was to be less devoted than I am now. Let me tell you, that I intend to restore the empire of Hymen and that Cupid is to be his prime Minister. I wish you were at liberty to transgress the bounds of Pennsylvania. I would invite you after the fall to Albany to be witness to the final consummation. My Mistress is a good girl, and already loves you because I have told her you are a clever fellow and my friend; but mind, she loves you a I'americaine not a la francaise.

"Adieu, be happy and let friendship between us be more than a name.

"A Hamilton"

In a letter to Laurens dated Aug. 15, 1782, Hamilton describes being delegated to Congress, assuring Laurens, "We have good reason to flatter ourselves peace on our own terms is upon the carpet." Hamilton continues:

"Peace made, My Dear friend, a new scene opens. Quit your sword my friend, put on the toga, come to Congress. We know each other's sentiments, our views are the same: we have fought side by side to make America free, let us hand in hand struggle to make her happy. . . .

"Yrs for ever

"A Hamilton"

On Aug. 27, 1782, in a minor shoot-out with a British foraging party, John Laurens was killed; it is doubtful if Hamilton's last letter reached him.

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