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ments to inquire after my friends. As such I embrace this opportunity to enquire how you are—how you have been—and how you have passed your time, &c.

We go on in the old way. The weather being remarkably fine, walking with the fair sex is the principal amusement, That night I sat an hour with one of them who lives near the centre of this city, as usual she was chatty & agreeable counting the days of your absence and the hours before you return. I did not then know of this opp’y or would have had messages, compl's, &c. The flower you were to send me is not yet come to hand.

Mrs. Bainbridge whom I was with last evening begs you will apply to Gen'l Washington for a passport to visit her children & friends in the Jerseys. She says you will confer a lasting obligation on her by obtaining the desired permission.

We have heard nothing of the exchange. I am afraid you have not succeeded. If so you will be the Bearer of the first letters after the receipt of this. Adieu. God bless you, don't let me see your face again in Flatbush.

March 3d, 1779, Piety Parlour.
Colo, S. B. WEBB.

Phillip Schuyler's Letter.

CLAVERACK, 20 February, 1788. DEAR FRIEND :-I arrived here on Wednesday last and have spent my life since that in a continued round of dancing and dissapation. I could wish you were here to partake of my pleasure and the company of a certain lady whose behaviuor to me has been so extremely kind that it never will be in my power to cancel the obligations she has conferred upon me.

If you was not well acquainted I should undertake to comment, but even that would be the height of presumption in my feeble feather ; since the pen of a Hamilton or a Chancellor would be incompetent to the task. She is truly noble, and if you are serious and accomplish your undertaking, if you don't spend your time attended with extreme happiness in a connection with her you ought to be damned into an eternity of eternities.

I now set out for Albany accompanied by a number of fine girls from Hudson. I have followed your example, and paid some attention to indifferent individuals.

Dame Fame has got it in the mouth of her extensive trumpet, and make no doubt, but the next news you hear concerning me is that I am engaged to Miss Olney. Yours joins with me in presenting our best respects to you. Pray give my love to the Misses Rutsen whenever you see them. I can't inform you anything concerning the old affair yet, as I did not stop at Poughkeepsie longer than the stage changed horses.

Yours, &c., &c.,
Gen’l S. B. WEBB.


Major W. Sargent's Letter.

BOSTON, June 7th, 1785. Mr. Sargent's best regards to his worthy friends Gen'l & Capt. Webb, requests their attention to the inclosed, regrets very much that it has not been in his power to contribute largely to their amusement in this town, but assures them that his sincere wishes have been, are, & shall continue to be for their pleasure and happiness. Begs leave to present his respects to the family at Wethersfield, & hopes they may be favored in an agreeable journey.

Wednesday Ev'g.

Major Winthrop Sargent's Letter.

Boston, June 1st, 1785. DEAR WEBB :-A young Friend of mine is gone on to Philadelphia & Baltimore by water and returns through York to this place. He is a son of John Sargent's, and about 21 years, and though he has never before been from home, is I think an accomplished lad. I believe you saw him when you was last in this place. I have given him a line to Clarkson & Platt, and should have wrote to you by him, but that he was in haste and I intended introducing him in this way. Will you be so obliging as to introduce him to some of our worthy friends.---Ladies & Gentlemen, I will esteem it a favor.

Believe me, sincerely yours,
Gen'l S. B. WEBB.




Major Winthrop Sargent's Letter.

10th of August, BOSTON, 1787. I have enjoyed, my dear Webb, the pleasure of seeing your friends at Wethersfield and in this town, who all anxiously inquire after you & have long been anticipating a visit. Your Brother Joe & Mrs. Webb paid every civility & attention to Doctor Holten & myself.

Haskell is still here, & with myself paid his compliments to the Commodore of the French Fleet at this Port who is a very genteel

The Chevalier Du Quesne & several others of the officers wear the order of the Cincinnati. If you can make it convenient to come here while this fleet continues, you will find some additional amusements perhaps, but indeed & seriously I expect to hear you

at the Road attracted there by our fair water nymph, & upon my honour I think her charms sufficient to invoke in her Train men less in Love than yourself. By my heart Webb I wish you indissolubly tied to the object of your pursuit, because I think she possesses all your affections, & that you are capable of making her happy, but I will drop this subject.

You must not, you will not I am sure, forget occasionally to mention our wishes as to Ohio appointment amongst those gentlemen of Congress with whom you are acquainted-particularly such as may have arrived in York since I have left it, & it will be proper to talk a little with Mr. Smith, & I beg of you to present me occasionally as your own propriety of judgment may dictate to him & the other members of Congress to whom I have the honour of being known.

If George Turner is with you, present him my regards; I shall write him on the subject of a small memorandum he enclosed me as soon as I have satisfaction on that point.

Remember me most affectionately to our worthy friend Platt & others who may do me the honor to bear me in mind & believe me,

Ever yours,

W. SARGENT. One copy per Col. Duer, with my best Respect.

Major Winthrop Sargent's Letter.

MONDAY, 14th of Jan'y, 1788, Boston. “ Samuel ! Samuel !

Where art thou”? Twice, my good sir, have I wrote to you of late, and without a word of Reply. Are you so much engaged at the corner that you cannot spare a moment for your friend. Well, I wish you happy, & you know I have given it as my sentiment that those in your mystic circle are to be your

Felicities. How are the good Ladies ? lo write me, for I feel myself independent of your Worship, affectionately interested in the welfare of that whole family. I regretted very much that in my late visit to York we could not pass together some of our Time with him. When I am next with you I hope it will be otherwise. This is to be about the middle of February, & perhaps sooner. However, it will depend upon General St. Clair from whom I shall hear previous to my journey, as he has promised to write me from New York. Is he there?

I shall be well pleased to be situated near you-you know the quarters I would like, and I will ask you to look out for me. It is not probable that I shall remain in York longer than two weeks almost.

Accompanying of this are six maps which I request you will dispose of agreeable to the List here annexed. Don't forget that I mean them as a compliment, so that if you meet with the names in your list of subscribers you must observe that what I now send on has nothing to do with the business.

I saw your Brother Barrell yesterday–who desired of me to write Platt concerning the Interest on our Certificates paid for Shares in the Ohio Company. Will you be so obliging as to tell Platt that the subscribers generally would be very glad to receive them at this time as they can now negotiate them to great advantage. If he will forward Butler's, May's, Jackson's, Downer's, May's & mine, I will be responsible for them to him. I am your affectionate,


Maps for
Sam'l B. Webb.
Gen'l Knox.
St. John.
Thomas Hutchins, Esq.
Richard Platt.

Sebastian Beauman, & tell him if you please that I hunted after his d-d old Town Book ten thousand times more than it was ever worth, & also ask him to fix a price to it, for he has said more on this subject than I would for his whole Library.

Gen’l WEBB, 25 Broadway, N. Y.

Major Winthrop Sargent's Letter.

26th Jan’y, 1788, Boston. This, my Dear Webb, is the third letter I have wrote you without a word of reply. My last was by the way of Providence with six maps ; one for yourself, one for Gen'l Thoron, one for St. John, one for Capt. Hutchins & the other two for Bauman & Platt.

I intend being in York about the middle or 20th of next month-provided I have reason to suppose our Governor will be there-on my way to the Western Country, where, my dear Fellow, I wish most sincerely you would go on leave to take a look at the country, & if you have not business to engage you here, it will really be wise disposing of yourself, & you will receive more satisfaction than at this distance you may promise yourself.

I shall stay about two weeks in York & should like to have lodgings near you that we might visit together, &c., & pass our last moments in social friendly chat. Look out for me.

Adieu, & believe me,
Yours, affectionately,

W. S.
Remember me respectfully at the corner.

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