I was trying to figure out the date on the letter too. I was thinking maybe March 1785 because he also mentions Burr in that one as well. But there's not much else to prove that. I just think it is one of the sweetest letters Ham wrote to Eliza which is why it was so nice to see (because I thought founders had everything out there). I'd be curious to know when you think it is dated.
That was my first thought too, but he wrote that letter in March from Chester, NY, which isn’t close to Albany, which is where he appears to be, since he mentions taking her father’s shay to Poughkeepsie.
I also have a feeling from this letter that Eliza was pregnant based on some of his language choices, which she wasn’t in March of 1785.
I must just post the letter and then list out the times I believe it could’ve been written during! Or at least post it so people may see what we’re discussing lol
To address something that happened to me and my friend yesterday, absolutely none of us are exempt from suspicion, stereotypes, or discrimination. Yesterday, in Port Chester, NY, my friend Kalia Simms and I entered the Ulta Beauty store at 445 Boston Post Rd, with the intentions of buying some personal items. We moved through the store very leisurely as anyone would on a Saturday afternoon, and probably spent a whole 90 minutes looking at and trying various products. At one point we were discussing a makeup palette, specifically the Gwen Stefani makeup palette, until Kalia decides not to buy it. At this point she returns the item to its shelf and we move on to a different section of the store. Kalia and I the separate and continue to shop around. About 10 or so minutes after that initial conversation, a woman approaches Kalia, she has no form of identification stating she’s an employee nor does she identify herself as one, and asks “what did you do with the Gwen Stefani makeup palette?” Being that a significant amount of time has passed since we looked at that item Kalia is confused by the question so the woman asks again, “the Gwen Stefani make up palette, the girls saw you pick it up but didn’t see you put it back.” Kalia responds saying she put it back on the shelf, however, the woman persists asking, if she could show her. They walk over to the shelf together and Kalia says that she put the palette back with the others, to which the woman replies “no you didn’t.” I enter the situation at this point and Kalia asks me, “did I not put this palette right here,” and I immediately concede with her as I was standing with her when she did it. The woman replies to me, “so if I go look at the tapes that’s what I’m going to see? You putting it back on the shelf?” To which I replied, “yeah that’s exactly what you’re going to see.” In this moment she says okay and leaves, and I immediately tell Kalia that we cannot buy anything from here so to put all the things she was going to purchase right back. Then after returning the items, Kalia wanted an apology for the way we were treated. After finding this employee, she greets us by saying “how can I help you,” so Kalia asks if she looked at the video/tapes because she blatantly just accused her of stealing, and the employee replied, “I didn’t accuse you of stealing, I’m just really on top of things, and the girls saw you pick it up but didn’t see you put it back, I’m sorry I wasn’t accusing you of stealing.” At this point, Kalia and I are both irate and sort of exhausted at the situation, so we decide to just leave.
Now this was just such an incredibly surreal moment for both of us because you never feel like anything like this would happen to you. But it was just such a ridiculous and baseless question for her to ask, being that I’m sure everyone has picked up and item and not put it back down where they got it, and just because “the girls” didn’t see her put the item down, doesn’t mean she didn’t put it down. I’m sure that she really wanted to ask Kalia to open her bag but that’s illegal for her to do. To make the assumption that she stole the item and needing me to reaffirm her answers is disgusting and completely unbelievable because, what makes Kalia’s answers not credible? I’m appalled, that she had no intentions of following up on her claims, I’m appalled that she had no intentions of apologizing, I’m appalled that companies like Ulta hire people like this, I’m appalled that this would even still happen. So to my myriad of girl friends and boy friends who like makeup and want to buy makeup in this area, especially if you’re a minority, do not go to #ultabeauty in Portchester, NY, 445 Boston Post Rd 10573