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Samuel B. Webb to K. K. Van Renssalaer, March 22, 1789


New York, Sunday 22nd March, 1789.

Dear Sir:

    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 Child’s 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 & inaccuracy.

    Please to present me with sentiments of esteem to the Miss H’s, to Doctor & Lady, and Mr. Ludlow’s 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)

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