In Which a Nobel Laureate Disqualifies Me From Marrying Alexander Hamilton

Paul Krugman, who I thought honored me by calling me an economist, has in fact cursed me to exclusion! From a letter written by Hamilton to famous South Carolinian John Laurens outlining Hamilton's criteria for a suitable wife  (excerpted from the biography I'm reading):

She must be young, handsome (I lay most stress upon a good shape), sensible (a little learning will do), well-bred (but she must have an aversion to the word ton), chaste and tender (I am an enthusiast in my notions of fidelity and fondness), of some good nature, a great deal of generosity (she must neither love money nor scolding, for I dislike equally a termagant and an economist). (pp. 126-127)


My sex might have also been a problem--but maybe not if you read some of Hamilton's other letters to Laurens:

Cold in my professions, warm in friendships, I wish, my dear Laurens, it m[ight] be in my power by action rather than words [to] convince you that I love you. I shall only tell you that till you bade us adieu, I hardly knew the value you had taught my heart to set upon you. Indeed, my friend, it was not well done.You know the opinion I entertain of mankind and how much it is my desire to preserve myself free from particular attachments and to keep my happiness independent of the caprice of others. You s[hould] not have taken advantage of my sensibility to ste[al] into my affections without my consent. (p. 123)