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Theatergoers have been dazzled by the new Broadway hit Hamiltonand not just by its titular lead: the Schuyler women often steal the show. Ultimately Angelica is the more interesting, complex character in both the musical and the historical record. Even the rosy pink gown that actress Elise Goldsberry wears in the musical mirrors the John Trumbull portrait of Angelica. She was married, to a man both rich and dull, when she first met Hamilton. Friendships between men and women were subject to public scrutiny and worries about sexual improprieties, so broadening a friendship from a pair to a set of spouses was helpful.
These factors may have emboldened both Alexander and Angelica to express affection for one another with more intensity than most friends. Their relationship as siblings-in-law also allowed for more fulsome language, since such in-laws were treated in many ways like blood relations—who often expressed love for one another without generating any suspicions.
Angelica wrote Alexander affectionate letters and joked with Eliza that she should share her husband. While Angelica and Alexander may not have had this precise conversation, many friends of the opposite sex were confused about their feelings for one another. The close relationship between Angelica and Alexander did generate gossip that the two were having an affair, and the musical avoids a clear answer here. We can never know for sure: either way, sexual intimacy was not the defining characteristic of their relationship.
We will only use your personal information to register you for OUPblog articles. Or subscribe to articles in the subject area by or RSS. Great article. True, but Non-stop otherwise chronicles events of the s, leaving the false impression Angelica was unattached in the 70s, when she met AH. Thank you. I liked your blog but this is wrong. Angelica was not married when she met Alexander.
She wanted to marry him but because of his position in life so to speak, knowing that he was poor and she was supposed to marry rich, she let Eliza, who also liked him, marry him.
Angelica married later on. Actually…this article is so very much correct.
You must be talking about the musical broadway version. If you read historically accurate books about them…you would know that angelica schuyler married john barker church in of june, 3 years before alex. H and angelica met. This article is very insightful and thank you for taking the time to right it. Wish I had enjoyed it as much when I was a kid! Angelica was married when she met Hamilton I thought it was interesting cause I am obsessed with the musical and I always wondered why Angelica gave Hamilton to Eliza. But just like a book turned to a movie, there will always be a bit of artistic licence.
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