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The American Revolution was in progress; John Laurens had left camp for South Carolina, hoping to be authorized by that colony's assembly to organize battalions of Black slaves to fight the British.In April, 1779, Hamilton writes to him: Cold in my professions, warm in [my] friendships, I wish, my Dear Laurens, it m[ight] be in my power, by action rather than words, [to] convince you that I love you.Adieu, be happy, and let friendship between us be more than a name A Hamilton The General & all the lads send you their love. Two years passed.Laurens fought in the battle at Yorktown, then returned to South Carolina and took part in the continuing skirmishes with British troops.Have you not heard that I am on the point of becoming a benedict [a newly engaged or married man who had long been a bachelor]? Let me tell you, that I intend to restore the empire of Hymen and that Cupid is to be his prime Minister.
You sh[ould] not have taken advantage of my sensibility to ste[al] into my affections without my consent.Take her description--She must be young, handsome (I lay most stress upon a good shape) sensible (a little learning will do), well bred, chaste and tender (I am an enthusiast in my notions of fidelity and fondness).But as to fortune, the larger stock of that the better....Here approximately five words are illegible due to mutilation of the original manuscript (the words have actually been cut out). I have written you five or six letters since you left Philadelphia and I should have written you more had you made proper return.The deleted words were certainly explicitly sexual, as Hamilton's reference to "the length of my nose" was clearly a joking allusion to the length of his penis. But like a jealous lover, when I thought you slighted my caresses, my affection was alarmed and my vanity piqued.