TO KILLIAN K. VAN RENSSALAER.
New York, Sunday 22nd March, 1789.
I am favored with your Ietter of ye I4th
Instant, it gives me great pleasure to find the great people of Columbia are
in opinion with us, respecting a change in the Administration, and I havent a
doubt if the Northern Counties exert themselves we shall have the pleasure of
hearing Judge Yates announced our Governor.it adds much to my
satisfaction to hear that our friend Col. Hogeboom has thrown his influence
into the scale, but wishes alone will not answer, you well know the art and
cunning of Clinton and his party, and that they are using every possible
exertion for his reelection. We must work double tides to defeat them. In this
quarter we have nothing to fear. He is most heartily despised except by a few
Sycophants whom he has put in office and their dependants "whose price of
office has been obedience to their chief. There is a series of letters now
published in Childs daily paper which are worthy your attention. They
have taken up his line of conduct from a period previous to the commencement
of the late war, and will be brot down to the present time & as those
letters will contain incontrovertible facts, they will have a just influence,
wherever they are read.
Congress have not yet made a quorum, to open the Votes for
President and Vice-President, but tis daily expected they will be able
to proceed on that necessary and important business,the City is gay and
lively, a vast number of strangers with us, and next week or the week after
the theatre will open, but believe me I am heartily tired of this round of
Dissipation. If my business would permit I had rather pass my time in a
pleasant country Village, at least nine months out of twelve. Having a number
of letters to write by the different Mails, must be my apology for haste &
Please to present me with sentiments of esteem to the Miss
Hs, to Doctor & Lady, and Mr. Ludlows family.
I am dear Sir your friend
& most obed. Servt
SAML B. WEBB.
(Letter courtesy Emmet Collection Manuscripts and Archives Division
The New York Public Library Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundations)