The Day After The Duel

(COMPLETED) *Hamilton Musical Spoilers* This is a short play about what could have happened on the first day after Hamilton's duel with Burr if he would have narrowly avoided it. Enjoy!

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2. Pre-Scene 1

The stage is in complete darkness. There is a woman (Eliza) asleep in a four poster bed, with curtains closed on one side, open on the other. Eliza wakes up with a jolt, on the side with the closed curtain. She looks to her side, horrified to find her husband gone. She tears open the curtain, and finds a letter on her bedside table addressed to her. She tears it open and reads it.

 

This letter, my very dear Eliza, will not be delivered to you, unless I shall first have terminated my earthly career; to begin, as I humbly hope from redeeming grace and divine mercy, a happy immortality.

If it had been possible for me to have avoided the interview, my love for you and my precious children would have been alone a decisive motive. But it was not possible, without sacrifices which would have rendered me unworthy of your esteem. I need not tell you of the pangs I feel, from the idea of quitting you and exposing you to the anguish which I know you would feel. Nor could I dwell on the topic lest it should unman me.

The consolations of Religion, my beloved, can alone support you; and these you have a right to enjoy. Fly to the bosom of your God and be comforted. With my last idea; I shall cherish the sweet hope of meeting you in a better world.

Adieu best of wives and best of Women. Embrace all my darling Children for me.

Ever yours

A H

 

ES: “No!”

 

She screams and rushes out of the room/stage. The stage goes black again, and the spotlight focuses on the letter left lying unattended on the bed.

  *I do not own the letter . Yes, it is a real letter, so I did not make it up. Every credit goes to Alexander Hamilton, who wrote the letter to his wife Elizabeth. I don't know who currently physically or lawfully owns the letter, but I am not trying to steal it from then in any way.

 

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