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Yesterday I had the pleasure to receive a line from Mrs Schuyler in answer to mine on the subject of the one you delivered me at Morris town; she consents to Comply with your and her daughters wishes. You will see the Impropriety of taking the dernier pas where you are. Mrs. Schuyler did not see her Eldest daughter married. That also gave me pain, and we wish not to Experience It a Second...
I am very apprehensive the unhappy event mentioned in your favor of the 5th Instant will draw very serious consequences in its train. It will certainly much embarrass us, and probably retard the termination of the war. It will however be attended with one good, the adherents in Congress to the Gallant commander will not have it any longer in their power to play him off against the General....
The great Scarcity of wheat before harvest and the drought Since has prevented the agent appointed to Collect the Supplys required from this State to deliver It to the Issuing Commissary and we are at least ten thousand barrels in rear. The wheat for all which is already assesed, a considerable quantity of it brought to the mills to be manufactured, and the remainder daily collecting, hence...
Your favor of the 17th I received on that day. That of the 13th has taken a tour to Albany and was delivered me this moment, with one Inclosed for Betsy. Commissioners will be appointed to meet the Eastern Convention. I believe Judge Hubbard, Mr Benson the Attorney General and myself will go, the two Gentlemen I have mentioned are as deeply Impressed as men can be with the necessity of more...
Albany [ New York ] October 10, 1780 . Is still confined to his room with gout. Reports that British forces “were collected at St Johns to make separate attacks on the Grants, Saratoga and the Mohawk river.” ALS , Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.
Your favor of the 12 Inst. I had the pleasure to receive last night. Major Carlton as you will have heard has been down to the vicinity of this place at the head of Eight hundred British about two hundred Inlisted tories and as many Indians. Fort Ann and Fort George fell into his hands, he burnt Kings & Queens borough townships and the north part of this district to within five miles of my...
Both your favors of the 17th & 22nd. ult I had the pleasure to receive about the latter end of the month, since which this place has been a Scene of Confusion and distress. The Inhabitants flying for Shelter to the Interior part of the state, and the Militia moving up with a tardiness which has given me more real Concern than the Enemys depradations have done as It evinces either disaffection...
Yesterday I received your favor of the 16th. Instant. It affords me pleasure to learn that the Pensylvania line is reduced to order, but we in this quarter are on the point of experiencing a similar commotion. Two regiments threaten to march to Head quarters unless some money is paid them, the certificates for the depreciation expedited, and in future better supplied with provisions. Yesterday...
Your favors of the 21st & 30th ult: I had the pleasure to receive a few days ago. The reward refused by the Pensylvania line evinces a becoming sense of propriety & gallantry. What might not our soldiery be brought to if properly fed, paid and cloathed. Mr De Grandchain delivered me your favor; he and Colo Wadsworth have had beds here and those attentions which your recommendations will always...
Last night your favor of the 18 Inst: was delivered me. I confess that the contents surprized and afflicted me, not that I discover any impropriety in your conduct in the affair in question, for of that I persuade myself you are incapable, but as it may be attended with consequences prejudical to my country which I love, which I affectionately love, and as no event tending to its detriment can...
Since my arrival here Your Old Gray Horse suddenly departed this life. He was in high order and good health apparently, but a few days before. The black is thin and I believe too aged or too Infirm for future service. The two Substitutes are good, one in very fine order and the portmanteau horse strong and capable of good Service, but do not order them down until you can find forrage in plenty...
Your favor covering copies of the letters which passed between the General and you I received on friday last at Saratoga, which I left somewhat indisposed on Sunday and arrived in the Evening. The fatigue of the Journey increased my disorder which is the quinsey with so much rapidity that before Tuesday morning I was twice bled to prevent suffocation. The Inflammation is subsiding and I have...
The mail which was taken a few days ago at Hampton has probably deprived me of the pleasure of a line from you. We are advised by a letter from Mr Carter that General Washington embarked with all except the rear division of the french at the head of Elk on the 8th Instant, hence I hope you are now operating against Cornwallis. It is difficult to judge with precision of your prospects at this...
[ Albany ] April 30, 1782. Certifies a contract made by Philip Schuyler, on behalf of the United States, and William Duer, contractor for the posts “north of Poughkeepsie in the State of NewYork,” for supplying the Army with meat. Copy, RG 93, Miscellaneous Records, National Archives.
Your several favors of the 18th & 25th March and 2d. ult: were delivered me on the first Instant by a man from Charlotte County who found them at Mr Loudons at Fish kill, that of the 23d April I had the pleasure to receive yesterday. Persuaded as I have long been of the necessity of terminating the war both from the want of exertion in ourselves and the possibility of a change in European...
Your two favors the one advising me of the Beautrice and the other Covering letters from my Children in Europe I have had the pleasure to receive. Mrs. Schuyler has been much indisposed since my last. We began to be very apprehensive of her situation but our fears are vanished with the untoward Symptoms which occasioned them. She is now so well as to go abroad and we have well grounded hopes...
[ Albany ] July 11, 1786 . “A passage of thirty two hours brought me to my family. Mrs. Schuyler … altho mending is still not perfectly in health. Inclose you the mortgage which Mr. Loudon is to assign to me. Pray as soon as you can send Mr. Renselaer the papers I requested; his tenants seem at present in good humour and anxious for their lands leases .” ALS , Hamilton Papers, Library of...
Your letter by last nights post is come to hand, but not that relative to the Election in the Southern district. If there is a majority of 300 in our favor in the Southern district, indeed if the votes there are ballanced, we have every reason to conclude that we shall be victors. We have Accounts here that at the poles in some parts of Westchester and Orange the tickets for Governor Lieut...
A few days after the receipt of your favor covering letters for the Supervizor of Vermont and Mr Jacob Cuyler I wrote you and my Eliza, but as I have not had a line from you since I fear my letters have not come to hand. I entreated Eliza to let me know when she would set out from Philadelphia for this place, that I might engage a good and discreet master of an Albany Sloop to bring her to...
Your favor of the 24th instant I received yesterday. I shall embrace the first moment which offers and in which I can prudently be absent from hence to pay you a visit. The bank Mania has somewhat subsided but as in the first paroxism the leaders induced many to subscribe a petition to the legislature for an incorporation, the pride of some and the interested views of others will not permit...
Mr. Philip Livingston, afforded me the perusal of a letter from you, to him. The closing paragraph give me so much uneasiness, that I requested Mr Low to meet Mr Livingston & me, at my room on friday evening, where Mr Low detailed the state of the funds of the Manufactoring society, the result of which was that ten thousand dollars thereof were under such arrangements of Mr Duer, that they...
New York, April 12, 1792. “Isaac Van Wyck Esqr. of Fish Kill in Dutchess county has requested me for an introductory line to you. He repairs to Philadelphia to Solicit a contract for carrying the mail between this and Albany. I have known Mr Van Wyck from his infancy, and to me has always appeared to deserve the character which he Generally sustains, That of an honest man, punctial in his...
Mrs. Rensselaer’s health is so much impaired that It is thought advisable that she should go to N York for better medical assistance, and to try the Effects of a change of Air, I shall accompany her and we shall leave this on friday the 11th Instant at farthest. Cannot you my Eliza and Cornelia make arrangements to meet us at N York towards the close of next week. Pray drop a line to be left...
Both your letters detailing the conversation held with Mr Willet have been duly received, the contents communicated to a few friends, as I found it unnecessary to extend It, Mr. Willets statement having made no impression with our friends who believed It a Misrepresentation. Mr Van Schaack who was most alarmed at It and who mentioned It to me, was satisfied by my declaration that Willet must...
The mail which brought your favor of the 8th Instant, had already returned before I received your letter. It is very natural that you and my Dear Eliza Should be anxious to have your children with you, but in this instance I apprehend your prudence has given way to your feelings, the fatal disorder which has so severely been experienced at Philadelphia, may have abated, or even for the present...
I am happy that the children are safely arrived with you, I hope they you and my Eliza are in health. The presidents message of the 5th has reached us I am rejoiced that he has been so explicit relative to the french Anarchist. The Antis here who had boldly aserted, that the Imputation of an appeal to the people was a fabrication to injure the french cause, stand abashed, and I am persuaded...
We are Alarmed at the state of my Dear Elizas health, nor are we without apprehension on your Account, from what you say in Your letter of the 26th. ult: I fear much from the incessant application which you are under the necessity to give to the business of your department, increased as It of consequence must be, whilst Congress is in session. I have hitherto been much averse to the...
Your favor of the 20th ult. passed me on my way to this place and was returned this morning. My Dear Eliza’s perfect recovery affords me the most heartfelt satisfaction. The paragraph you mention shall be disposed of as you wish. It has however already been Anticipated as far as verbal declarations extended, as soon as I found that Fairly and others of his complexion assigned as one of the...
Since my last there has been a full meeting of friends, In which I declared that I hoped every Gentleman who had a feeling for my reputation, would Vote for Mr King. If the adverse party should propose me, that I was determined at all events, If elected instantly to resign, and that in such an event all wished the reelection of Mr. King, that the other party I was well informed had changed...
I thank for you[r] favor of the 27th Instant. Inclose you a line to Mr Nicholas Low who will pay you what money you may want to discharge my proportion of the purchase money, in case a compromise or purchase should be made of the Cosby manor lands. Caty and her Niece arrived here this morning at five O’Clock. I most sincerely wish that My Eliza and the Children had Accompanied them. I dread...
I thank you my Dear Sir for informing me that you and all the family are in health; may you continue so is my anxious wish, but I am Still not without my fears. If you should remain, I hope the heavy rain of Yesterday has reached NYork. I have written to Mr. Church and my daughter recommending that she should bring out with her all the articles relative to which she has requested information...
Unadvised of the measures pursuing at New York, relative to the treaty with Britain, It was not deemed prudent to convene the citizens here on the Subject, until we received information from your city. On Saturday morning the mail arrived, and the Herald announced what had been done —about forty Citizens were immediately convened, and unanimously agreed to petition in the words of the new York...
Albany, July 14, 1796. “The messenger with whom I sent Mr Morris’s Mortgage returned whilst I was at Fort Schuyler with a letter from the Clerk advising me that so many mortgages had been presented that he could not register the one in question so as to return It by the Messenger, but that as soon as he had done it, he would send It by a safe hand.…” ALS , National Library of Scotland,...
I shall not fail to call the attention of the senate to the insecure state of the port of New York and to detail the distressing consequences which must result should the Metropolis be laid under contribution, be conflagreated, or possessed by a hostile foreign power: but I apprehend nothing more will be done than Authorizing the Governor to take measures for Its security, If a war with some...
I took my leave of the senate on friday, And as Mr. Abm. V. Vechten has consented to be nominated a candidate for a seat in senate and will probably be Elected, I am more at ease than I should have been, If a less able man than he had been proposed, for Spencer, Gold and Tillotson have already combined to divest Mr. Jones of his seal under pretence that the comptroller ought not to be of the...
The Governor left this on the day of the date of your letter covering one for him —which as it is now useless I do not return to you. I am so much in disposed that I apprehend I shall not be able to attend Congress at the opening of the session, If it all. In the present posture of our affairs, France seems to have left us no Alternative but a mean and Ignominous submission to her despotic...
I learned with great Satisfaction that altho you had experienced much fatigue in your Journey, you arrived in perfect health and found my Dear Eliza and the Children so. After a fortnights confinement to my bed room I am so well recovered as to return to the hall,—the wounds in my leg are on the point of being healed. The inner bark of the London or Bass wood was applied on Sunday last and in...
I am not surprized My Dear Sir that you found much had not been done in the execution of the important Objects, for I have some time since perceived that Mr McHenry had not a mind sufficiently extensive & energetic to embrace & execute all the Objects incident to the war department, and I foresee that you will be under the necessity to direct the principle operations of that department, to...
Since you left this, Governor Jay called on me, regretted that he had not had an opportunity of conversing with you, as he wished to have proposed to you to take the Superintendance of the fortifications at NYork should the Legislature make provision for those works. I observed that as Inspector to the Army, It would interfere with the duties of that office; and that the president or General...
This will be delivered to you by Mr Weston, who has been requested by the Corporation of your city to a conference on the Subject of supplying the city with water. Permit me to entreat your Attention to him. Mrs. Church writes me that you Suffer from want of exercise, that this and unremitted Attention to business injures your health. I believe It is difficult for an Active mind to moderate an...
We all arrived in good health at two O’Clock yesterday afternoon, the passage would have been perfectly agreable had It not been alloyed by the reflection that we had parted from friends so dear to us. I hope My beloved Eliza is in better health than when we left her, perswaded that a change of air would benefit her we entreat her to come up as Speedily as possible, and to bring at least the...
Albany, June 11, 1799. “In the papers which Accompany this I have pointed out three modes of wording in Cypher by aid of the copy of Entecks dictionary, but as the copiest has not marked properly the directions for finding a word … It would be best to have two new copies.…” ALS , MS Division, New York Public Library. For background to this letter, see Rufus King to H, October 20, 1798 ;...
Albany, July 15, 1799. Acknowledges Hamilton’s letter of “the 9th Instant.” Lists the amounts of fuel and other supplies “for which a compensation, in money was allowed, to the British troops, in the barracks, and when quartered on the Inhabitants in this city, Schenectady, and the vicinity.” Recommends Joseph Herkimer and Jacob Mancius as subalterns. ALS , Hamilton Papers, Library of...
I had the pleasure at Seven this morning to embrace my Dear Grand Children who with the Maids arrived in good health. A young woman was taken Ill on board supposed occasioned by being frightened, at seeing a coffin which passed the Sloop in a boat, the captain had the precaution immediately to put her on shore, a few Miles below this, and she is come to town, and has not the yellow fever. Such...
Yesterday I met with Mr. Isaac Ogden at the Liut Governors, who Informed me that Mr Samual Shoemaker now residing at or near Philadelphia, had declared to him Mr. Ogden that he had seen a letter from Mr Jefferson to Mr. William Smith written during the late war, in which Mr Jefferson intreated Mr. Smith to make his Mr Jeffersons peace with the british Commander in chief. As Mr Smith was in the...
I wrote you from Albany early in the present Month, and inclosed copy of a writ served on my brother one of the Executors of My late nephew John C. Schuyler, and intreated of you to enter his appearance at the ensuing term of the Supreme Court. The plaintiff is John R. Van Rensselaer who married the Wid⟨ow⟩ of John C. Schuyler and to whom the latter ⟨left⟩ £1000. You will recollect that there...
Your favor of the 13th Instant with the plan of your intended house was delivered me on Thursday last that of the 18th by the mail I received yesterday. I have deliverd Mr Putnam the builder the plan and a paper of which you have a copy on the other side, and Expect his answer to morrow. If the house is boarded on the out side, and then Clap boards put on, and fitted in the inside with brick I...
On Saturday Mr Van Vechtnen Advised me that no Notice had been given by Mr Ogden to Jacob R Van Rensselaer that Special bail had been filed in the Suit of John R. V. Rensselaer Against Stephen Schuyler & Henry J V Rensselaer. in Conformity to Mr Ogdens directions to My Brother, I became Special Bail, and immediately Advised Mr Ogden thereof and that the bail price was filed. on Saturday last,...
I am happy that you have escaped the danger with which you was threatened by the fire in the vessel in which you were. Had you perished, my calamity would have been compleat. I thank heaven that it is otherwise. I am, however, not perfectly at ease on your account—that unremitted exertion of the mind, and without bodily exercise, will injure if not destroy the machine. Let me, therefore,...
Mrs. Schuyler Catherine & myself arrived here on Sunday, in good health, Mrs. Church and her Children we left at My Son Rensselaers. They will be here today, and were all well. A frenchman at Quebec trod on my lame leg and bruised it greatly. It has been exceedingly painful but is now healing and the wound appears so favorable that It will probably be healed in a week or two. On the 29th of...