Alexander Hamilton: Portrait in Paradox

By John C. Miller | Go to book overview

5.
Congress and the Army

Home from the wars, Hamilton settled down to the study of law in the office of Colonel Robert Troup, a lifelong friend. Having attained a modicum of glory, he seemed to have put all such thoughts from his mind: "You cannot imagine," he confided to a friend, "how entirely domestic I am growing. I lose all my taste for the pursuits of ambition. I sigh for nothing but the company of my wife and baby." Securely enmeshed in these delightful domestic toils, he declared that he asked no more of life than a home, a family and a reasonably profitable law practice. 1

Yet the circle of Hamilton's felicity was not so easily drawn. Several times in his career, Hamilton tried to persuade himself that he could be happy and contented as a plain New York attorney, but on each occasion the goad of ambition and the necessity of saving the country propelled him into the thick of the political struggles of the day. In 1781, he could hardly fail to observe that neither the domestic hearth nor the law library was quite the place for a man who had just given six years of his life to the winning of American independence. For the country was not yet in a situation to admit of an exclusive devotion to the pursuit of happiness. Indeed, Hamilton was already beginning to ask himself whether independence would prove a blessing or a curse.

While Hamilton was savoring the pleasures of home and busying himself with getting on in the world, his letter to Robert Morris suddenly bore fruit. True, it was not a particularly juicy plum that dropped into Hamilton's lap, but it was one of the best at the disposal of the Superintendent of Finance. Hamilton was offered the post of Receiver of Continental Taxes for the State of New York.

Since Congress had no authority to lay and collect taxes--that was a privilege reserved exclusively to the sovereign states--Robert Morris appointed officials to receive the money collected by the states for the general government and to act as representatives of the Treasury in its dealings with the states. Although these duties seemed simple enough, Hamilton hesitated

-83-

Notes for this page

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Project items

Items saved from this book

This book has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this book

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this page

Cited page

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited page

Bookmark this page
Alexander Hamilton: Portrait in Paradox
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger
Search within

Search within this book

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Full screen
/ 662

matching results for page

Cited passage

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited passage

Welcome to the new Questia Reader

The Questia Reader has been updated to provide you with an even better online reading experience.  It is now 100% Responsive, which means you can read our books and articles on any sized device you wish.  All of your favorite tools like notes, highlights, and citations are still here, but the way you select text has been updated to be easier to use, especially on touchscreen devices.  Here's how:

1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
2. Click or tap the last word you want to select.

OK, got it!

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.