Jefferson reacted to Hamilton’s death in the oblique style that Hamilton knew only too well. Three days after the funeral, almost as an afterthought in a letter to his daughter, Jefferson appended a postscript: “I presume Mr. Randolph’s newspapers will inform him of the death of Colo. Hamilton, which took place on the 12th.” Even now, Jefferson insisted on demoting General Hamilton back to a colonel. Aside from another fleeting reference to some “remarkable deaths lately,” Jefferson made no mention of the man who had been the bane of his political life for fourteen years.
Chernow, Ron. Alexander Hamilton (p. 715). Kindle Edition.
If you’ve been to my blog, you would know that my feelings towards Thomas Jefferson are ambivalent, leaning towards dislike more often than not, but I really don’t care for how Chernow wrote him here. Chernow made it seem that he didn’t give a damn about Hamilton’s death. In the defense of Jefferson, I would quote several lines from the letter he wrote to Philip Mazei in July 18, 1804.
1. “…so constant is the pressure of business that there is never a moment scarcely that something of public importance is not waiting for me. I have therefore on a principle of conscience thought it my duty to withdraw almost entirely from all private correspondence, and chiefly the transatlantick: I scarcely write a letter a year to any friend beyond sea,”
Jefferson was the president at the time of Hamilton’s death. In this letter, he sheepishly tells his friend that he had no time to attend to matters outside of being the president of the United States, let alone answer his private correspondences.
2. “…remarkeable deaths lately are Samuel Adams, Edmund Pendleton, Alexander Hamilton, Stevens Thomson Mason, Mann Page, Bellini, & Parson Andrews. to these I have the inexpressible grief of adding the name of my youngest daughter who had married a son of mr Eppes, and has left two children. my eldest daughter alone remains to me, and has 6. children. this loss has increased my anxiety to retire, while it has dreadfully lessened the comfort of doing it.“
I honestly don’t know why Chernow omitted the rest of the sentence. If he seemed indifferent over Hamilton’s death, it is because he was currently undergoing through a more personal ordeal. He revealed candidly that he was, at the moment, in the midst of grieving the loss of his daughter Mary “Polly” Jefferson Eppes (August 1, 1778 – April 17, 1804). This line also implies while that fulfilling his duties as president, he couldn’t even grieve his daughter properly, which even made him seriously consider retiring from the post.
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