Alexander Hamilton’s copy of Don Quixote was published in Amsterdam in 1755 by Arkstee et Merkus.
In January of 1795, Congress was debating The Report on a Plan for the Further Support of Public Credit. Alexander Hamilton wrote to a letter to Rufus King, dated February 21, 1795, saying,
“To see the character of the government and the country so sported with—exposed to so indelible a blot— puts my heart to the torture. Am I, then, more of an American than those who drew their first breath on American ground? Or what is it that thus torments me at a circumstance so calmly viewed by almost everybody else? Am I a fool — a romantic Quixote — or is there a constitutional defect in the American mind?”