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Learn about Hamilton from the man himself. Read original documents from the time period to better understand Hamilton and our other forefathers. Study their actual words to grasp their ideas, ideals, struggles, and opinions. 

Alexander Hamilton was the most prolific writer of all the Founding Fathers, writing over 22,000 pages of public documents. Many efforts have been made to digitize Hamilton's writings. Some of his writings, such as his contributions to the Federalist Papers, are extremely well-known. Other documents are also celebrated but few people are aware that Hamilton authored them. This collection includes a range of documents from influential state papers to personal letters.

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Also take a look at the Original Document Database under Hamilton's America, which includes other important papers from the time period.


Alexander Hamilton Correspondence

Newburgh Conspiracy Correspondence with George Washington
Collection of letters between Alexander Hamilton and George Washington between February-May, 1783.  


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The intimate life of Alexander Hamilton by Allan McClane Hamilton


Important State Documents

The Federalist Papers
From the Library of Congress
Originally titled "The Federalist: A Collection of Essays in Favor of the New Constitution," The Federlist Papers are actually a collection of 85 essays published in New York newspapers from October 1787 to August 1788. Alexander Hamilton conceived the idea, arranged for free printing and publishing, and secured fellow authors to contribute essays. Though written anonymously under the pseudomyn "Publius," 51 of the essays are attributed to Alexander Hamilton, 26 to James Madison, 5 to John Jay, and 3 as a collaboration between Hamilton and Madison.1

Annapolis Convention Resolution
The Annapolis Convention (held in Annapolis, Maryland) convened on September 11, 1786, to discuss issues with trade, commerce and navigation access between the states. Because only 12 delegates from 5 states participated in the convention, those present realized that the lack of a quorum prevented any real decision-making. Instead, Alexander Hamilton wrote and introduced a resolution "calling for the convening of a special convention to amend the weak Articles of Confederation for a number of serious defects."2 The resolution was accepted unanimously on September 14, 1786 and was the official call for the Constitutional Convention - even listing the place (Philadelphia) and the date (the second Monday of May, 1787) for the convention to occur.

The Second Report on the Further Provision Necessary for Establishing Public Credit
Submitted to Congress on December 13, 1790, this report largely contains a series of excise tax proposals. In the report, Hamilton calculates the total debt that the federal government will soon owe. He also lists suggestions to start paying down the debt, including a detailed list of duties and taxes, especially on "spirits." 


Avalon Project Documents about Alexander Hamilton

Hamilton's Personal Notes from the Constitutional Convention (1787)
Hamilton's Plan Presented to the Constitutional Convention (1787) [various text versions]
Hamilton's Opinion as to the Constitutionality of the Bank of the United States (1791)

Letters from Hamilton

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Letters from Hamilton's contemporaries. 

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 Note: This section is under development. Please return for the latest updates.

Sources
1Jackson, Kenneth T. The Encyclopedia of New York City: The New York Historical Society; Yale University Press; 1995. p. 194.
2TeachingAmericanHistory.org - Annapolis Convention Resolution

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