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"Best of Wives and Best of Women" is the 21st song of Act Two of Hamilton, and the 44th song of the overall musical.

Before dawn of the duel between himself and Burr, Alexander pauses by the door and bids farewell to Eliza. He lovingly compliments her, calling her the "best of wives and best of women", before setting off to the site of the duel in Weehawken, New Jersey.

This line "best of wives and best of women", was on the dedication page of Ron Chernow's book, which inspired Hamilton. It originates Hamilton's farewell letter to Eliza, detailing information of his death by the hand of Burr. He signs the letter with

'Adieu best of wives and best of Women. Embrace all my darling Children for me.

Ever yours

A H'


Alexander, come back to sleep

I have an early meeting out of town

It's still dark outside

I know, I just need to write something down

Why do you write like you're running out of time?


Come back to bed. That would be enough

I'll be back before you know I'm gone

Come back to sleep

This meeting's at dawn

Well, I'm going back to sleep

Best of wives and best of women...

Songs in Hamilton (Broadway Production)
Act One
Alexander Hamilton
Aaron Burr, Sir
My Shot
The Story of Tonight
The Schuyler Sisters
Farmer Refuted
You'll Be Back
Right Hand Man
A Winter's Ball
The Story of Tonight (Reprise)
Wait For It
Stay Alive
Ten Duel Commandments
Meet Me Inside
That Would Be Enough
Guns And Ships
History Has Its Eyes On You
Yorktown (The World Turned Upside Down)
What Comes Next?
Dear Theodosia
Tomorrow There'll Be More Of Us
Act Two
What'd I Miss
Cabinet Battle #1
Take A Break
Say No To This
The Room Where It Happens
Schuyler Defeated
Cabinet Battle #2
Washington On Your Side
One Last Time
I Know Him
The Adams Administration
We Know
The Reynolds Pamphlet
Blow Us All Away
Stay Alive (Reprise)
It's Quiet Uptown
The Election of 1800
Your Obedient Servant
Best of Wives and Best of Women
The World Was Wide Enough
Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story