“Another of André’s admirers who appears to have been similarly afflicted by his tragic end was Alexander Hamilton’s finacée, Betsy Schuyler. Betsy’s father, General Philip Schuyler, had been in command of Fort Ticonderoga when André was brought there as a prisoner in November 1775, en route to Pennsylvania…Betsy appears in particular to have cherished the memory of the handsome young British officer, despite the fact that he had become the head of British intelligence.”
- The Bulletin of the Fort Ticonderoga Museum, Volume 16, Issue 3
“Poor André suffers to-day. Every thing that is amiable in virtue, in fortitude, in delicate sentiment, and accomplished manners, pleads for him; but hard-hearted policy calls for a sacrifice. He must die——. I send you my account of Arnold’s affair; and to justify myself to your sentiments, I must inform you that I urged a compliance with André’s request to be shot; and I do not think it would have had an ill effect; but some people are only sensible to motives of policy, and sometimes, from a narrow disposition, mistake it.
When André’s tale comes to be told, and present resentment is over, the refusing him the privilege of choosing the manner of his death will be branded with too much obstinacy.
It was proposed to me to suggest to him the idea of an exchange for Arnold; but I knew I should have forfeited his esteem by doing it, and therefore declined it. As a man of honor, he could but reject it, and I would not for the world have proposed to him a thing which must have placed me in the unamiable light of supposing him capable of meanness, or of not feeling myself the impropriety of the measure. I confess to you I had the weakness to value the esteem of a dying man, because I reverenced his merit.”
- Alexander Hamilton to Elizabeth Schuyler, October 2, 1780
Though how could you blame them? Everyone was swooning over Major John André.