Because of the treatment of homosexual relationships in the past, interpretations of sexual orientations of certain historical figures can be tricky, even with the evidence left behind of personal correspondence among members of the same sex.
Although not necessarily homosexual, homosocial relationships, in which members of the same sex express an emotional attachment and even romantic feelings for one another, clearly existed, even if sexual relations did not.
Alexander Hamilton is probably the most prominent example of a historic figure engaged in such relationship. During the Revolutionary War, Hamilton became close with higher-ranking officers. Letters to some of correspondents, such as John Laurens, suggest Hamilton might have been more than casual friends with these men.
Hamilton once wrote to Laurens stating, "I wish, my Dear Laurens, it were in my power, by actions rather than words, to convince you that I love you." On another occasion, he wrote, "Like a jealous lover, when I thought you slighted my caresses, my affection was alarmed and my vanity piqued."
Despite being married, Laurens seemed to reciprocate Hamilton's affections, no matter how much the fog of history has clouded how exactly those emotions manifested themselves privately.