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Meanwhile, the war would come much too close to home, after British soldiers attempted to raid the Pastures, where Eliza along with Angelica and the rest of her family were living.They were however spared from any harm, thanks to her sister Peggy's quick thinking.There Eliza busied herself in creating a home for them and in aiding Alexander with his political writings—parts of his thirty-one-page letter to Robert Morris, laying out much of the financial knowledge that was to aid him later in his career, are written in her handwriting.Soon, however, Eliza would relocate again, this time back to her parents' house in Albany.Hamilton, while jealous of André for his "accomplishments," promised Eliza he would do what he could to treat the British intelligence chief accordingly; he even begged Washington to grant André's last wish of execution by firing squad, but to no avail.

Despite the unrest of the French and Indian War, which her father served in and which was fought in part very near her childhood home, Eliza's childhood was spent comfortably, learning to read and sew from her mother.

In addition to their own children, in 1787 Eliza and Alexander took into their home Frances (Fanny) Antill, the two-year-old youngest child of Hamilton's friend Colonel Edward Antill, whose wife had recently died. [Lucy] Knox were the leaders of official society," an early historian writes.

In October that year, Angelica wrote to Alexander, "All the graces you have been pleased to adorn me with fade before the generous and benevolent action of my sister in taking the orphan Antle [sic] under her protection." After Alexander became Treasury Secretary in 1789, her social duties only increased: "Mrs. Meanwhile, she continued to raise her children (a fifth, John Church Hamilton, had been born in August 1792) and maintain their household throughout multiple moves between New York, Philadelphia, and Albany.

On September 25, 1784, Eliza gave birth to her second child, Angelica, named after Eliza's older sister.

In 1787, Eliza sat for a portrait, executed by the painter Ralph Earl while he was being held in debtors' prison.

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