Over the next several weeks, as Alexander Hamilton: The Formative Years is prepped for publication and its Kickstarter campaign raises funds for publication, I’ll be compiling a list of some of the new discoveries that are to be found in the book. Today, I present to you two discoveries regarding Alexander Hamilton that have never before been revealed to the public.
- As a fourteen-year-old in 1771 working for Nicholas Cruger in St. Croix, Alexander Hamilton wrote to John Wendell of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, “We are surprised Mr. [John] Hancock has not sent us the amount of Hancock & Wendell & paid you the Balance, which we requested so long ago.” [John Hancock would later become the President of Congress and Governor of Massachusetts.]
- Alexander Hamilton’s famous account of the West Indian hurricane of 1772, which was originally published in St. Croix’s The Royal Danish American Gazette, was reprinted in a Boston newspaper in December 1772. Alexander Hamilton apparently never knew this. Neither did his family. Neither has any historian or biographer prior to now.
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