From John C. Kunze1
Chatham str. [New York] July 3d 1804
In a conversation, my esteemed friend Dr. Livingston2 had with Judge Benson,3 this gentleman received an information of the injustice, the Lutheran church-trustees in Albany intend to do to me and the Lutheran church in general in America. As he intends to go up to Albany, where he is to Stay a considerable time, he generously promised Dr. Livingston, to look into this matter & endeavour to bring it to rights. Dr. Livingston desires me to make a statement of the case, for which I Should have the documents, now in Your hands.4 Be so kind, Sir, & intrust the bearer of this with them. They consist of our minute-book & some loose papers. I have the honor to be
Dear Sir Your most obedient humble Servant
John C. Kunze
ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.
1. The Reverend John C. Kunze was the pastor of the German Lutheran Church in New York City and professor of Oriental languages at Columbia College.
2. The Reverend John Henry Livingston was a Dutch Reformed clergyman in New York City and the grandson of Gilbert Livingston, the youngest son of the first lord of Livingston Manor.
3. Egbert Benson.
4. In the Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress, is a list of the papers “Doctor J. C. Kunze left in the hands of General Hamilton.” A statement at the bottom of this document reads: “Delivered the above to Graham Newall Clerk to D. A Ogden 26 July 1804.”