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It contains I think a reflection in my opinion on his character.
I have made good use of your letters with the Northern members. Melancthon Smith is on the committee to report upon his memorial.
It will be favorable, no doubt.
But what provisions they will make I know not. I am now going to see Lurle and Foote who are on with him. They report to-morrow. I wish you or Ten Brocke, would come down immediately. Hogeboom I have drawn a petition for. It has been read, with two or three others, they militate against him much.
A little work out Doors would do to the business. Remember me to Mrs. Webb as I write this at the stage hour,
WM. S. LIVINGSTON.
Henry Livingston's Letter. m .Kaidus
NEW YORK, Jan’y 20, 1792. DEAR GENERAL :--I am now to acknowledge the Receipt of your favor of the 15th. My confinement with an imflammation in my Eyes prevented the answer sooner. The day before yesterday the committee to whom was referred the memorial of Mr. Bancker reported that they had examined the report, and found the particulars in the Memorial true and that Mr. B. bad merited the thanks of the House for his fidelity, and that a Law should be brought in to direct him what line to pursue in future. Mr. Lush carefully guarded that in the report no name should be mentioned. I Hope you will keep my name entirely out of sight as Mr. B. and myself are not good friends.
The letter of Mr. Hogeboom directed to myself and the other Members of our County, I gave to Ford & Coffin, the latter of whom tells me he had written a Letter to Mr. Hogeboom and that he is entirely mistaken as to his Ideas about his business. How he can make that appear he best knows, but Mr. Ford and he consult together. I am not of their conclave. I am just informed that Sam.
Jones has brought in a Bill in Senate which will render the business of administration on the Estates of Deceased Soldiers more difficult, and perhaps altogether fruitless.
Sincerely congratulate you on the birth of a Daughter, & I hope Mrs. Webb is perfectly recovered.
I wish you many happy returns of the Seacon.
I shall from time to time give you notice of what is going forward.
I am, D’r Sir,
Lt. Col. Wm. S. Smith’s Letter.
HEADQUARTERS, July 16, 1781. MY DEAR SAM :-I have spokey to His Excellency agreeably to your request, and have obtained with great difficulty permission for you to visit your amiable connections on the banks of the Raritan. Nothing my friend, but the particular situation of Mrs. Webb (which I painted in as lively colours as I was capable) could possibly have induced the General to comply with the requestra
He considers his Character as well as yours in some measure at stake, and therefore requests you will not exceed the period you mentioned to me.
Tell the good ladies when you leave them, that they must not expect to see you again, until the end of the Campaign and remember me to them separately and collectively as particularly as you think proper, and accept of the assurance of friendship from Genl WEBB.
Wu. S. SMITH.
Jos. Webb’s Letter. My DEAR BROTHER :—I have Received bnt one short Letter from you since our parting at the Good Mr. Delancey's, which was handed by Mr. Coffin & Smith who got well Home. I should according to Yr. desire at that time, have sent scme hay etc., by a returning Stage to New York, but was made to believe that a new Cartel had taken place which would then soon relieve you from your confinement. I now understand the prospect is quite at an end, & how long you are to remain Heaven only knows. Patience is the only comfort I can give you. I need not repeat my surprise at your not being allowed to come out after the many applications, but as much as will do has been urged and said, and if you have (tho’ they bave not done as they could have with it) to thank & remember Colo. Campbell and those other Gentlemen who have been polite enough to interest themselves in your behalf. I wish It may be ever in our power to acknowledge their civilities. I sincerely love gratitude and am happy I have it in my power to show it, and I as sensibly feel when it is not Returned me, but enough has been said, as I have repeatedly told you in my late letters. Therefore arm and fortify yourself to remain it out until they make a Cartel that will exchange in due Rotation. Write me as often as you can and when you arə permitted to. Should the bearer wait on you I think it would be best to send out some of Yr. Horses or sell them there ; I am much surprised to hear of the Bills being protested.
Let me know the reasons; I hope Mr.Sherbrook takes proper caro of those in his hands.
He is present & must do the needful. You are sensible they would or did not permit me to come & have them adjusted.
Tho’Mr. Loring Wrote me as the Commander in Chief was not present I could not be permitted in, yet let him know my demands and he would see them settled. Upon my word it puzzles me. I can't understand it, they denied when Gov. Franklin and so many said so much of it, the consequences and real necessity of my personal appearance to settle with them, and what was farther would answer for me doing nothing that would be dishonorable. Heretofore they have been extremely polite and Genteel. I have ever acknowledged it. Did I ever forfeit that indulgence? But not five days after I
left the Bridge scarcely any one was refused admittance that ask'd
Your most sincerely,
Maj. E. Haskell’s Letter.
New York, 24 August, 1786. MY DEAR JACK :-The train of circumstances which have led to the issue of the dispute between your Brother and Livingston were not fully foreseen. The most of them you have become acquainted with and there are others that can never be represented. I am however fully persuaded that there is Sufficient proof against Mr. Livingston and in favor of your brother to convince every unprejuidiced person of the criminality of the former and the innocence of the latter.
On these points everything in my opinion depends Whenever the Challenge and acceptance come into view there are scarcely two of opinion, nothing is more common and easy for a man to put his hands in his sides and say, trivial as the dispute may be “they ought to have fought.
By heaven, we are a very contemptible set of beings and so on. They who reason least are the most clear for a solemn appeal.—that is for others not for themselves.
Your Brother does not appear fully satisfied altho’ I think he has abundant reason to be so. Those whose opinions are worth taking acquit him of every possible imputation.
Silas Deane's Letter.
PHILADELPHIA, April 17, 1778. DEAR Colo.:-I hope to see you in a few Days. Shall therefore say only that I propose to set out for Camp next Tuesday at the farthest, but if you arrive there pay no Regard to this but come on as fast as possible to Philadelphia, for if you meet me on the Road it will be as well, perhaps better. I shall go by Trenton, Princeton and so on the Common Road direct to Baskenridge, where if you arrive before me, come on to meet me. What ever you may obtain of Intelligence, I wish to learn of You personally, for the practice of intercepting Letters prevails, and those who are Base enough to intercept are Wicked Enough to put the worst Construction on Everything. Wishing you success.
My Dear Col.,
Most affectionately Yours, Col. WEBB.
Henry Livingston's Letter.
NEW YORK, Mch. 17, 1792. DEAR GENERAL :-Capt. Ten Brocke delivered me your favor with the Bundle of orders. With all of which I will do the best I can for you. They have not been presented as yet, owing to Bancker's being absolutely engaged in the Land office for these last two days past.
There is a Law which has had its second reading to direct the reasons about Certificates for Military services. I will send you the Law by Ten Brocke. I now stand so fair with Mr. B. that I believe I can do you a friendship if any person can.
March 18, Sunday evening..
Your favor of the 15th I received this moment. I shall attend to every particular, the matter of Dun is almost come to a . To-morrow he is to meet his creditors, but be assured his failure will ruin very many.
Sincerely & Aff’ly Yours,