Alexander Hamilton's Wrtiting Quill
Hamilton Quill
Hamilton's Quill


Alexander Hamilton


Writing Quill


User will be compelled to write down personal details of loved ones.


Causes negative effects on family and/or close friends.



Collected by

Warehouse 13 Agents


Writer's Alley

Date of Collection

February 4, 2018



Alexander Hamilton (1757-1804) was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States and the first Secretary of the Treasury, appointed by President George Washington. During his life, Hamilton established the Coast Guard as well as the New York Post newspaper, but was also an accomplished writer, publishing 51 essays as a plan to defend to the US Constitution to the public entitled "The Federalist Papers."

In 1791, Hamilton began a secret love affair with Mrs. Maria Reynolds, wife of James Reynolds. Reynolds had found out about Hamilton's affair with his wife and demanded payment into order to keep the secret safe. Hamilton proceeded to pay Reynolds quarterly to keep the affair from reaching his wife, Elizabeth Hamilton, who had been away with their children to visit her father in upstate New York.

However, in the summer of 1797, James T. Callender published accusations that Reynolds had been blackmailing Hamilton for unknown purposes, using documents from Hamilton's and Reynolds' confrontations about the affair that Callender had acquired from James Monroe. Burdened by the stress of keeping the affair secret from the public paired with the prodding of James Monroe, Hamilton published a 100-page booklet entitled "Observations on Certain Documents", later to be known as the ' Reynolds Pamphlet', which detailed his affair with Maria Reynolds in extreme detail, during which time, his quill became imbued with his compulsory need to write down anything that was on his mind.

Elizabeth eventually had found out about the Reynolds Pamphlet as well as the affair her husband had and proceeded to shut Alexander out of her life for the foreseeable future. Alexander soon fell into a deep depression and wrote apology letters to Elizabeth, all of which she burned after reading them.

Their son, Philip Hamilton, died on November 24, 1801 following a duel with New York lawyer George Eacker after Eacker had made several negative comments about Alexander. This lead to an argument between the two men, resulting in a duel in Weehawken, New Jersey. The following day, Philip died in his parents arms. The grief of losing their was great enough for them to set aside the Reynolds affair and reconcile.

Acquisition Edit

Following several pings from a college that was housing on a Alexander Hamilton exhibition, along with reports of several relationships falling apart within days. Warehouse agents were sent to the college to retrieve the quill. After a week while posing as students and teachers at the college, the agents were able to locate the quill and safely neutralized it before it could do anymore harm to the students. The quill is currently housed in Writer's Alley.


When writing with the quill, the user will feel compelled to write down secrets and personal details about themselves and loved ones. The user will be further compelled to make the detail public. The people close to the user will find out about the details and break any ties they might have had to the user.


Protective gloves are mandatory when handling this artifact.

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