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Hamilton As Seen by his Contemporaries (1:25)

Shopkeeper Evans: I've been watching this man for a while. Pacing to and fro in front of my shop in animated conversation and I realized he was talking to himself. Then he came into my store and I asked me to change a fifty-dollar note. I looked at him and he seemed to be having a lucid moment, but of course I had to refuse him. The man had obviously lost his reason and what if he lost the change and I would be blamed. I was later informed that this man was Secretary of the Treasury of the United States.

Governeur Morris: Yes, Hamilton's an aristocrat, because he can't tolerate anything that's low, coarse, or harmful to the country. He wants it to be run by the best minds. That's Hamilton's aristocracy.

Officer Stephen Colden: In talents of every kind Hamilton infinitely surpasses Washington. Well, maybe infinitely is too strong a word, but, greatly surpasses, or even vastly surpasses, doesn't in any way express Hamilton's superiority. The important thing is, Hamilton has Washington's complete confidence.

Angelica Shippen: When making a case, he always has all the facts in order and wonders why others don't think and act as he does. The righteous necessity of his view being so apparent.

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