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Best Out-of-Context Lines From Musicals

- “Sit down John, you fat motherfucker!”

- “Screw the middle classes, I will never accept them!”

- “Consider yourself part of the furniture.”

- “Now shut your face.”

- “Henry can’t really stay; he’s got rabies.”

- “I love you even though it does not matter that I still don’t know your name.”

- “The internet is not for porn!”

- “Miss America should just resign!”

- “No one keeps a cow for a friend!”

- “Lot 666 then.”

- “Nothing can bend the will like half-Castilian men!”

- “Sometimes my father appeared to enjoy having children.”

The only funny moment in my life was during eighth grade choir when we were singing you can’t stop the beat and then I fainted and the beat stopped. Turns out you can stop the beat.
—  My sister
The Problems with Letters

I wanted to offer this as my prelude or caution! caution! post about my work on AH’s friendships. AH was a prolific writer yet unlike many of his contemporaries, he left no journal or diary, and almost no retrospective essays. Therefore, in examining AH’s personal life - or rather, trying to evaluate AH’s credibility, which is what I’m trying to do - we’re inordinately dependent on his correspondence, and they’re not necessarily telling us what we think they’re telling us.

The obvious problem is that letters don’t tell the whole story of relationships. They are useful, but they require that: 1) the letters survive; 2) the correspondents actually be apart; 3) we’re not missing relevant background from when the correspondents were together. 

First, it’s striking just how many letters are missing. Some letters were lost; others were certainly destroyed. Almost all of AH’s personal and non-military correspondence to Gouverneur Morris and Philip Schuyler, which we know from other notes existed, is gone. This is a huge loss of both political and personal information about AH. We know that AH planned to send coded letters containing politically sensitive information during the Washington presidency to Morris; these are gone. We don’t have the letter AH actually sent to his father-in-law explaining his reasons for his resignation as Washington’s aide-de-camp. Letters related to AH’s financial dealings for John B. Church - that may suggest insider trading - are suspiciously missing. By my rough estimate, over 50 letters from AH to Elizabeth Hamilton are missing, and this just based on letters referenced in other letters that we have. 

Second, with several of AH’s relationships post-war, the correspondents were infrequently apart. The longest letters from AH to EH are from 1780 and 1781, when they were apart for the longest periods of time because of the war. After that, they are living in the same home and their time apart is infrequent and lasts at most 2 months or so (and very rarely that long). We just aren’t likely to get long, emotionally revealing pages out of that; instead, we usually get updates on travel and health, endearments, and reminders that EH write him. 

This also makes the letters misleading. AH writes to wartime friends such as McHenry, Meade, and Lafayette with warmth and emotion that he doesn’t often to a lot of other friends. From this, we can speculate that he feels special ties to them that he doesn’t to others. The problem with that argument is that he was also apart from them much more than he was with other friends. 

One person who falls into all three categories above is Nicholas Fish. This was one of AH’s longest and probably closest friendships, and AH obviously had a great deal of trust and confidence in him. Fish was a NYC native whom AH likely first met at King’s College, where the former had moved from the College of New Jersey to study law. They formed a composition and speaking club together (with Robert Troup, Edward Stevens, and Samuel and Henry Nicoll); they enlisted in the militia together in spring 1775, although they go separate ways for most of the war. AH probably personally selected Fish as his second-in-command when he received his own field command in July 1781, and was with him at Yorktown. [Fish later provides both Timothy Pickering and EH with details about AH during the war.] Jumping ahead over a decade, Fish serves as AH’s second in his affair of honor with Nicholson (1795). Jump ahead another decade, and he’s one of the executors of AH’s will. Fish names his only son (born in 1808) Hamilton. 

But on Founders, we only have six letters between the two of them, and four are formal letters from the war or about patronage positions or business. One of the two personal letters we do have is missing context. Since most of their lives were lived in NY, they probably did not frequently have reason to write each other long letters. But I also suspect Fish took the opportunity after AH’s death to reclaim his letters. It’s like their close friendship has been wiped clean from history. 

We know Gouvernour Morris was asked to help sort through AH’s mess of papers and correspondence in 1807. Considering their roles as Executors, I think it’s very likely Fish, Church, and Nathaniel Pendleton had the opportunity to go through AH’s correspondence. It’s also possible that Robert Troup was involved. We know Pendleton came to be in possession of AH’s documents related to the drafting of Washington’s Farewell Address, because he gives them to Rufus King in 1810 to keep them out of the hands of EH. 

In the case of several of the men above, they still had active political careers and were otherwise concerned about their own and AH’s political legacies. The PAH notes that Morris “[had removed from his own collection those Hamilton] letters such as ought not to fall into the hands of those who might publish them.” 

So we can see a shaping of a narrative after AH’s death by his friends, and then we get further distortions because of the large number of missing letters. Because we have so little else about AH, letters are enormously helpful, but they paint a very partial picture. Those are my words of caution.

An additional note: it’s interesting how large some of the men above loom in biographies and histories published in the 19th through early 20th century, when these men - and/or their politically active descendants - were still well-known. As time has passed, there’s been a forgetting of these men that has played out in the AH narrative too - AH is now portrayed as nearly friendless in his post-war life, which would certainly come as a shock to Troup, Fish, and Morris, who were as steadfast in 30+ years of friendship as one could ever be, and Oliver Wolcott, Rufus King, and Pendleton, who by every other indication all formed deep friendships with AH after the war. And William Duer, the long-time friendship that AH-fandom historians most wish had been scrubbed from history. 

Harry Potter Characters as Hamilton Quotes
  • Harry Potter: "If there's a reason I'm still alive when everyone who loves me has died, I'm willing to wait for it."
  • Hermoine Granger: "You want a revolution? I want a revelation!"
  • Ron Weasley: "This is not the moment, it's the movement where all the hungriest brothers with something to prove went."
  • Ginny Weasley: "You strike me as a woman who has never been satisfied."
  • Luna Lovegood: "I am inimitable, I am an original."
  • Neville Longbottom: "I am not throwing away my shot!"
  • Cho Chang: "Love doesn't discriminate between the sinners and the saints, it takes and it takes and it takes and we keep lovin' anyway."
  • Draco Malfoy: "I am the one thing in life I can control!"
  • Fred Weasley: "I may not live to see our glory, but I've seen wonders great and small!"
  • George Weasley: "I'm just like my country, I'm young, scrappy, and hungry."
  • Dean Thomas: "I’m runnin’ with the Sons of Liberty and I am lovin’ it! See, that’s what happens when you up against the ruffians!"
  • Seamus Finnigan: "Yo, let's steal their canons!"
  • Lee Jordan: "Turn around, bend over, I'll show you where my shoe fits!"
  • Cedric Diggory: "We're gonna teach 'em how to say goodbye."
  • Fleur Delacour: "I came from afar just to say “Bonsoir!” Tell the Dark Lord “Casse toi!” Who’s the best? C’est moi!"
  • Oliver Wood: "Can we get back to Quidditch?" "Please?!"

I’m past patiently waiting

I consistently end up posting my art well after midnight but it’s fine. Have some Hamilton/Arrow crossover art. May end up making this available on various merch depending on if anyone’s interested, also trying to get notebooks printed for the Portland Heroes and Villains Fan Fest c:

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songs that are sung by women on stage** *expect for heart full of love, i chose it because ponine is a strong girl who takes a bullet for her love because he was too busy pontmercying around * annnd the schuyler sisters but come on, leslie odon jr is cool af enjoy x

The Schuyler Sisters - Hamilton // Everything Else - Next to Normal // A Little Fall of Rain - Les Miserables // Cornet Man - Funny Girl // Oom Pah Pah - Oliver // Cabaret - Cabaret // Nowadays - Chicago // Bend and Snap - Legally Blonde // Thoroughly Modern Millie - Thoroughly Modern Millie // I Can Hear the Bells - Hairspray // The Dark I Know Well - Spring Awakening // I’d Give My Life For you - Miss Saigon // Will You Love Me Tomorrow? - Beautiful, A Carol King Musical // Candy Store - Heathers // See I’m Smiling - The Last 5 Years