Hey, Hey, Hey – Hamilton musical national tour starts in 2017!
Washington’s stately presence instantly quells the fighting while Hamilton mouths off behind him. It’s an interesting event (though literally a minute long), but doesn’t necessarily help the main story. Already, Washington is a force of intimidation and command, already Hamilton is a war hero struggling to hold the country together. John Adams, George Washington, and Thomas Jefferson quitting their jobs didn’t happen at exactly the same time – there was a three year gap. Hamilton didn’t precisely retire, either – while returning to his legal practice, he organized charities in New York and became a leader of an abolition movement – through his actions, slavery was phased out and forbidden in New York.
In Hamilton: The Revolution, Miranda cites the HBO miniseries on John Adams, which inspired the king’s comment about meeting Adams when he was an ambassador to Britain. In the scene, Adams is mousy and terrified. George barely says a word, but finally utters icily, “I pray, Mr. Adams, that the United States does not suffer unduly from its want of monarchy.” In “I Know Him,” the king consequently sings:
That’s that little guy who spoke to me All those years ago What was it, eighty-five? That poor man, they’re gonna eat him alive!
In 1798, President John Adams appointed the aging Washington general of the American forces as hostilities rose between America and France. (This was called the Quasi-War.) Washington turned down Burr’s application to be a brigadier general and wrote, “By all that I have known and heard, Colonel Burr is a brave and able officer, but the question is whether he has not equal talents at intrigue” (Lomask 215). He appointed Hamilton as his second-in-command instead, despite Adams’ animosity towards him. Hamilton served as Inspector General of the Army, and took over command upon the death of Washington in 1799. More on Hamilton National US tour.