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Notes and Reflections on Books and Media

by Hannah Leitheiser


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Alexander Hamilton

Ron Chernow




"Hamilton must have shown [the letter written to his father] to [his mentor] Knox who persuaded him to publish it in the Royal Danish Gazette. Hamilton did not know it, but he had just written his way out of poverty." - Ron Chernow, Alexander Hamilton (2004)

"It began about dusk, at North, and raged very violently till ten o'clock. Then ensued a sudden and unexpected interval, which lasted about an hour. Meanwhile the wind was shifting round to the South West point, from whence it returned with redoubled fury and continued so till near three o'clock in the morning. Good God! what horror and destruction—it's impossible for me to describe—or you to form any idea of it. It seemed as if a total dissolution of nature was taking place. The roaring of the sea and wind—fiery meteors flying about in the air—the prodigious glare of almost perpetual lightning—the crash of the falling houses—and the ear-piercing shrieks of the distressed, were sufficient to strike astonishment into Angels.
Oh ye, who revel in affluence, see the afflictions of humanity, and bestow your superfluity to ease them.—Say not, we have suffered also, and with-hold your compassion. What are your sufferings compared to these? Ye have still more than enough left.—Act wisely.—Succour the miserable and lay up a treasure in Heaven." - Alexander Hamilton in St. Croix, 1772

Letter by Alexander Hamilton on the hurricane of August 1772