GOD SO MUCH INFORMATION.
- Balthazar de Haert is almost a great as name as Hercules Mulligan.
- I had some major feels for Burr in this section. I mean, he’s definitely a worm. BUT, him and wife Theodosia (whose husband conveniently died in Jamaica) have dinner parties with Hamilton and Eliza and man I wish I was a fly on those walls back then.
- And POOR BURR. A bunch of family dies before he’s even 2 years old. And he feels all burdened by their legacy.
- It’s shit like this that I REALLY don’t appreciate from Chernow–> “Alexander and Eliza produced eight children in a twenty-year span. As a result, Eliza was either pregnant or consumed with child rearing throughout their marriage, which may have encouraged Hamilton’s womanizing.” This is exactly the kind of speculating I really hate in biographies. You’re a historian Chernow, not a fucking psychologist. That extra “might have encouraged his womanizing” line is absolute bullshit.
- Hamilton’s brother only writes when he wants money. Also feeling some sads for Hamilton.
- We see a little bit of Hamilton’s abolitionist views here, so that’s nice. I still don’t like that Chernow makes him seem like it was something that Hamilton felt passionately about and worked hard for. By this point it seems obvious that he disagreed with slavery and would like to see it eradicated, but he doesn’t seem to attack slavery with nearly as much gusto as he does basically any other issue he finds important (so far).
- The New York Manumission Society sounds like a joke. The members couldn’t even agree to get rid of their own slaves by a certain date. GTFO.
- I think we can all agree that Governor George Clinton sounds like he was a major ass hat.
- On pg 275 it says that at Clinton rallies, Hamilton’s essays were hurled under the tables as marks of contempt, and the image of people sitting around just angrily throwing papers under the table cracks me up.
- The story of the Constitutional Conventions and getting the Constitution ratified was crazy fascinating – way more interesting than I remember it being in school. I don’t have much to comment on specifically, other than it’s nuts that Hamilton works his ass off on getting The Federalist Papers written and published, and then spends six weeks speaking on and debating the Constitution in NY trying to get his own state to accept it.
- I really want to read The Federalist Papers. I have my own copy, but I probably won’t get to it until later because damn this book takes up a lot of time already.
- John Adams really needed to get over himself. Anything less than being Vice President would be “beneath you”? And then almost declined it because you got less votes than you wanted?
- I’m very happy to see Washington and Hamilton being all friendly again. 🙂
- I love that the BIG QUESTIONS after the election of the first President were like “what do we call him” and “how should we all dress” and “what the hell how do we even do this thing”.
- Hamilton and Angelica were WAY too flirty. Like, Eliza totally should’ve broken his kneecaps for saying some of the shit he said to her sister. Buuuuut I guess they were just all happy and super fond of each other so it wasn’t weird? Though apparently seemed so weird to others that they assumed Hamilton and Angelica were a thing? I’m so confused.
- Hamilton has pissed off some new people – Aedanus Burke and Robert R. Livingston – and I can’t wait to see how that comes back around later. Poor Hamilton, never knew when to TALK LESS, SMILE MORE. (pun intended but seriously)
- So now Jefferson Secretary of State and Hamilton is Secretary of the Treasury and OMG I’M SO EXCITED for all the drama that’s still ahead of us.