Fun Fact: The letters Eliza burns during this song are cursive transcripts of the real letters between Eliza and Alexander Hamilton. They are on a type of paper that burns for around two minutes and nine seconds, allowing Eliza to exit in a blackout at the end of the song. Learn more
Eliza is devastated when she receives news of Hamilton's affair through the publication The Reynolds Pamphlet. She sings about the affectionate love in his letters and words he had shown her for years and wonders what it means. Eliza concludes by "erasing herself from the narrative" and burning the letters from Hamilton that she saved so no one will know her feelings. It ends up being ironic because although Eliza erases herself from the narrative, she ends up telling everyone's story. Eliza mentions her anger, shock, and embarrassment, and is depressed over the affair. She talks about the children, and how they can feel affected by the affair.