According to his obituary in the New York Times, upon returning from military service, "he did not apply himself to the practice of law, but, having strong literary tastes, devoted himself to the study of history, with a view to writing his father's life." Between 1834 and 1840, he sorted through his father's letters and other papers. He wrote a two-volume biography titled The Life of Alexander Hamilton, published 1840–1841; however, nearly all copies were destroyed in a fire while in the process of binding. Under the authority of the Joint Library Committee of the United States Congress, he subsequently edited an authorized collection of his father's writings, The Works of Alexander Hamilton: Containing His Correspondence, and His Political and Official Writings, Exclusive of the Federalist, published in seven volumes in 1850–1851.
Between 1857 and 1864, Hamilton published his seven-volume Life of Alexander Hamilton, combining a biography of his father with a history of the United States "as traced in his writings and in those of his contemporaries." After several other biographers had abandoned the project, Hamilton had been prompted to write the comprehensive biography by his mother, who died prior to its publication.:17,726
In 1869, Hamilton published an edition of The Federalist, with historical notes and commentary
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