From Richard Varick1
New York 30th. April 1⟨795⟩
I have the pleasure of inclosing to You a Certificate from the Mayor & Aldermen of this admitting You to the Freedom of this City,2 as their Testimonial & that of the Corporation of this City of their Opinion of your Merit & distinguished Services in the Cause of your Country.
This Testimonial has remained in my Hands some Weeks to be forwarded by the Patroon,3 but he left us unexpectedly. Afterwards General Schuyler4 promised to dine with me & I expected to send it by him, but he also left so suddenly I now embrace the favorable Opportunity by Mr Henry5 of conveying it to You with my best Wishes for your Happiness being with sincere Esteem & Respect
Your most Obedt servt.
ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.
1. Varick was mayor of New York City.
2. “Certificate of the Freedom of the City of New York,” March 16, 1795.
3. Stephen Van Rensselaer.
4. Philip Schuyler, H’s father-in-law.
5. John V. Henry of Albany, who in 1800 became comptroller of New York.