1770 – “I’m no philosopher, you see”

Letter from Alexander Hamilton to his best friend Edward Stevens – Hamilton was still back on St. Croix, and “Ned” had traveled to NYC to start a premed course at King’s College (now Columbia). Hamilton was 14 years old when he wrote this letter to his friend.

I’m confident, Ned, that though my youth excludes me from any hopes of immediate preferment, nor do I desire it, but I mean to prepare the way for my futurity. I’m no philosopher, you see, and may be justly said to build castles in the air. My folly makes me ashamed and [I] beg you’ll conceal it yet, Neddy, we have seen such schemes successful when the projector is constant. I shall conclude by saying, I wish there was a war.

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