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So lots of Hamilton

Lots and lots of Hamilton


Then one bleak day in January, the zero hour arrived. One can but conjecture how cold it must have been in Washington’s Headquarters at Valley Forge. It is the fastidious John Laurens speaking - John Laurens, who all his life had owned practically whatever he wished in the matter of clothes, and whose tailoring for years had been done in London. The situation was critical enough to call for help:

'I have but one pair of breeches that are wearable … If James can possibly procure me some white cloth to reinforce me this article, it will be of great service to me.'

A week or two later his plight was unpleasant to consider. Though it was late at night, John Laurens was not yet ready to call it a day. As secretary to the General, his duties were both indoor and outdoor, and so his hours were longer, as a rule, than those of his associates. Several officers had already gone to bed in the room, but John Laurens still had an important matter to deal with.

Seated by a table on which burned a candle-stub, with needle and thread and infinite pains, he was gravely attending to the serious detail of reinforcing the precious breeches - inside, of course, to guard against the threat of needing reinforcement outside.

From An American Soldier: The Life of John Laurens by Sara Bertha Townsend

This book can be interesting, but sometimes it’s ridiculous.  This is one of those times.  I know John was truly down to one pair of breeches at one point, but this storytelling is just incredible.

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yes let’s take the word of the Carolinian on how cold it is he is the best judge of whether the temperature has reached bullshit degrees out yet. Also he probably had Shrewsberry do that for him just saying reinforcing and patching is a lot more complicated than reattaching a button. Also Hamilton will probably fight you on who had longer hours.

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[A]n insolent coxcomb who rarely dined in good company, where there was good wine, without getting silly and vaporing about his administration like a young girl about her brilliants and trinkets

― John Adams on Alexander Hamilton to Benjamin Rush, January 25, 1806

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An adventurer, born out of wedlock, Hamilton suffered from a complex utterly unknown to his young companions, to Laurens, the son of a wealthy planter, or to Meade or Harrison or Tilghman, with their comfortable social standing. His small stature, too, was a tender subject with Hamilton, and his erect bearing had a touch of defiance in it. Colonel Harrison hit it off when he called him ‘the Little Lion.’ He was proud and, underneath the affected hardness, was a very sensitive young gentleman.

― From Washington and His Aides-De-Camp by Emily Stone Whiteley (via cool-cool-considerate-men)

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[T]he Jeffersonians had placed enough loopholes in the statues so that they could still vote large numbers of immigrants against the Federalists in 1800. That immigrant vote was an important factor in the Jeffersonian victory. Perhaps if the Federalist laws [i.e. Alien and Sedition Acts] had never been enacted, Adams might not have fallen into such disrepute; but conversely, had these laws been harsher yet and more thoroughly enforced, they might have kept the Federalists in power. At any rate, the Federalists felt they had to stress the restrictive, naturalistic views of American identity that many of them had long favored, because more cosmopolitan, consensual positions seemed to help their political foes.

And even if many Federalists had seen these acts as long-shot measures, they might well still have undertaken them, for their program was ill suited to win popular favor. Since they favored directly helping economic elites, slowing the rapid displacement of the native tribes, and discouraging slavery, they were on the losing side of the systems of inequality that most white American men favored. Resort to nativistic, restrictive Americanism justifying imprisonments, disfranchisement, and deportations was one of the few options available to them.

― Rogers Smith, Constructing American National Identity: Strategies of the Federalists

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I’m kind of disappointed there are no known paintings of Dr. Edward Stevens tho. Imagine if we could compare and see whether Timothy Pickering was right about there being a suspicious resemblance between him and Hamilton.

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brief post monmouth lams drabble sorry

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I’m guessing that Hamilton’s original desire to become a doctor and his interest in medicine had more than a little to do with the fact that his mother died from sickness, and he wanted to prevent others he loved from meeting the same fate.

It’s kind of funny because his benefactors sent him away with hopes that he would become a doctor and return to St. Croix to treat the tropical diseases.

But once Hamilton got to America, he was all, “Later, suckas”

didn’t his pal Ned Stephens become a doctor and do just that?

Yeah Edward Stevens just seemed to have a much deeper connection to the West Indies in general. He did stay in America a while, practicing medicine in Philadelphia (which is where he popped up to save Hamilton and Eliza from yellow fever), then served as a diplomat to Haiti under President Adams. After being fired by Jefferson, and after a short trip back to America, he settled permanently back on St. Croix in 1804.

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I’m guessing that Hamilton’s original desire to become a doctor and his interest in medicine had more than a little to do with the fact that his mother died from sickness, and he wanted to prevent others he loved from meeting the same fate.

It’s kind of funny because his benefactors sent him away with hopes that he would become a doctor and return to St. Croix to treat the tropical diseases.

But once Hamilton got to America, he was all, “Later, suckas”

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What did Alexander Hamilton think of Adam Smith? 

A bit complicated. Hamilton did seem to have some respect for Smith. They both thought industrialization and manufacturing were necessary for national prosperity, and that there should be no animosity between manufactures and agriculture. They knew selfishness and avarice was not something that could be destroyed in people, but it might be re-directed for the common good (Smith thought the market itself would magically take care of it, Hamilton thought the government needed to provide initiative and direct the outcomes in a way beneficial to the country). But where they differed was on laissez-faire.

Hamilton thought if we lived in the best of all possible worlds, laissez-faire might have a shot of working. But he was also too much of a realist to be that philosophical, especially given the economic situation of the United States at the time. He didn’t necessarily believe that left to their own devices, that each person’s private gain would be directed to the public interest via the “invisible hand.” And because he was a believer in positive liberty versus negative liberty, he didn’t think an individual was necessarily “freer” the further removed they were from the state. So he thought government interference was often necessary to guide the national economy. Workers and producers left to their own devices, he believed, in an unregulated market would lead to a stagnant economy where few people would take the initiative to improve. In short, things had to be regulated to a degree because when people were allowed to just run free with their avarice, nothing good would come from it.

"There is at the present juncture a certain fermentation of mind, a certain activity of speculation and enterprise which if properly directed may be made subservient to useful purposes; but which if left entirely to itself, may be attended with pernicious effects."

- Alexander Hamilton, Report on Manufactures

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[Albert] Gallatin, who had to enforce the Embargo at the ports under his jurisdiction, said that even the escalating laws had not kept up with the emergency. In an attempt to call off the madness, he said that only tyrannical measures would match the defiance:

“I am perfectly satisfied that if the Embargo must be persisted in any longer, two principles must necessarily be adopted in order to make it sufficient. First, not a single vessel shall be permitted to move without the special permission of the Executive. Second, that the collectors be invested with the general power of seizing property anywhere, and taking the rudders, or otherwise effectually preventing the departure of any vessel in harbor, though ostensibly intended to remain there - and that without being liable to personal suits. I am sensible that such arbitrary powers are equally dangerous and odious; but a restrictive measure of the nature of the Embargo, applied to a nation under such circumstances as the United States, cannot be enforced without the assistance of means as strong as the measure itself. To that legal authority to prevent, seize, and detain, must be added a sufficient physical force to carry it into effect; and although I believe that in our sea ports little difficulty would be encountered, we must have a little army along the Lakes and British lines generally.”

Jefferson responded that “Congress must legalize all means which may be necessary to obtain its end.” Troops and gunships were deployed, with the result, as legal historian Leonard Levy wrote, that Jefferson became and remains the only president “to use an army for routine day-by-day execution of the laws.” He was “laying the whole country under military law,” in what was “the most repressive and unconstitutional legislation ever enacted by Congress in time of peace.”

― Garry Wills, "Negro President": Jefferson and the Slave Power

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