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Act 2, Track 4

Act 2, Track 4
Say No to This
Original post: December 16, 2015

“Dear Sir, I hope this letter finds you in good health, / and in prosperous enough position to put wealth / in the pockets of people like me: down on their luck. / You see, that was my wife you decided to” / “Fuuuu--”

So, #hamilton disclosed his relationship with #mariareynolds — and the subsequent blackmail from her then-husband, #jamesreynolds — in Observations on Certain Documents, Contained in No. V. & VI of ‘The History of the Unites States for the Year 1796’ (Philadelphia: John Bioren for John Fenno, 1797), commonly called the #reynoldspamphlet. Hamilton spends 37 pages defending himself against charges of speculation by admitting to adultery. He then spends another 58 pages providing supporting documentation about how his affairs were in total order and hewas in no way corrupt (and do you really think he would be that incompetent at being corrupt because he’s not stupid).

#hamiltunes #hamildays #americanantiquarian

the tl;dr — two quotations that embody the tenor of the Reynolds Pamphlet. Hamilton on his first encounter with Mrs. Reynolds: “Some conversation ensued from which it was quickly apparent that other than pecuniary consolation would be acceptable” (p. 18). Hamilton on having to pay out $1000 to Reynolds (see above) over two payments: “It is a little remarkable, that an avaricious speculating secretary of the treasury should have been so straitened for money as to be obliged to satisfy an engagement of this sort by two different payments!” (p. 22).

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