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July 4, 1804
If it had been possible for me to have avoided the interview, my love for you and my precious children would have been alone a decisive motive -- But it was not possible, without Sacrifices which would have rendered me unworthy of your esteem. I need not tell you of the pangs I feel, from the idea of quitting you and exposing you to the anguish, which I know you would feel. Nor could I dwell on the topic lest it should unman me. . . . Adieu best of wives and best of women. Embrace all my darling Children for me.

Alexander Hamilton to Elizabeth Hamilton, July 4, 1804, to be delivered if he was killed in the duel with Aaron Burr on July 11, 1804

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