Two days late again, but that means I did the reading in the week and hopefully it won’t all spiral out of control with me finishing a month behind everyone. We’ve covered about five more years and the Hamster is as busy a bee as ever. Writing millions of letters for General Washington, riding around chastising generals, and courting and marrying Eliza Schuyler. Their romance is a pleasure to read about. We know from the opening she adored him, but it’s heart-warming to see how much he adored her and their child. He gets fed up with Washington and takes advantage of one of his fits of temper to quit his job. This rather floors me. It seems to me what he was doing — helping secure loans to pay for the war and French troops to assist in victory — was so much more important to the cause than leading a battalion and being a hero that he really should have kept at it. But then no one is perfect and I think we see that more in this section than in the previous part, understand why some people didn’t think he was all that and a bag of chips.
It is easy to sympathize with his frustrations dealing with the Continental Congress and the states, the lack of understanding when it comes to needing to put the fledging nation on a firm financial footing and clear to see how easily it could have fallen apart — don’t pay your debts to your army and to other countries, think you can each stand on your own is as complete a recipe for disaster as I can think of. If they had continued on this course, in a few years time, Britain could have sailed back and picked them all off one by one – for who would fight for them a second time on no pay? I really wish all those tax is theft people would read up on this. A country cannot be run without income. He was an amazingly smart person. It had to have been maddening trying to convince people of what was so obvious to him.
And feeling I should read the Federalist, which I sooo do not want to do. And I was reminded by Sarah’s post how cute AH was about his baby at seven months:
His attitude in sitting is by connoisseurs esteemed graceful and he has a method of waving his hand that announces the future orator. He stands however rather awkwardly and his legs have not all the delicate slimness of his father’s…
and this which is all too often the attitude of every politician:
“The inquiry constantly is what will please, not what will benefit the people,” he told Morris. “In such a government there can be nothing but temporary expedient, fickleness, and folly.”