Knowing that her father would not bless their marriage because of his suspicions about Church's past, Angelica and John eloped in 1777. In 1783, Angelica and her family left for Europe, where they would remain for 16 years, apart from brief visits to America. Angelica never failed to enchant the famous, intelligent men she met, and in Paris she soon befriended Benjamin Franklin, who was then America's Minister to France.From 1783 to 1785, Angelica and her family lived in Paris while John performed his duties as a U. She also developed lasting friendships with Franklin's successor, Thomas Jefferson, and with the Marquis de Lafayette.Many examples of Angelica Church's personal correspondence with eminent figures such as Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, George Washington, and the Marquis de Lafayette is preserved in the Library of Congress and other archives.In a letter to Angelica, Jefferson ardently wrote, "Think of it, my friend, and let us begin a negotiation on the subject.Correspondence between the two, now preserved in the Library of Congress, demonstrates the strong friendship and affection between them.Hamilton biographer Ron Chernow wrote that "the attraction between Hamilton and Angelica was so potent and obvious that many people assumed they were lovers.
The show characterizes Angelica as extraordinarily witty and intelligent, and depicts the closeness of her relationship with Hamilton, including a reference in the song "Helpless" to the "lend him to me" letter noted above.
You shall find in me all the spirit of accommodation with which Yoric began his with the fair Piedmontese." Jefferson alludes to a sexually charged scene in Laurence Sterne's then-popular novel A Sentimental Journey Through France and Italy, in which a parson named Yorick has to negotiate sleeping arrangements when obliged to share a room with an attractive Italian woman and her maid.
In view of a flirtatious attitude that fueled contemporary gossip, there has long been speculation that Angelica may have had a romantic relationship with Hamilton.
The plan included a circular road enclosing a village park at the center of town, streets radiating from the circular road to form a star, and five churches situated around the circle.
Philip named the village Angelica, after his mother.