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Abraham Hunt to Bartholomew Dandridge, Jr., 31 October 1795–2 November 1795

Abraham Hunt to Bartholomew Dandridge, Jr.

Trenton [N.J.] Octor 31st[–2 Nov.] 1795


I have recd your Letter respecting a Saddle Horse for the President1 & I wish it was in my Power to give him any hopes of succeeding in this Country—I dont believe such a one as he wants, or ought to have, is to be met with in this State—indeed it is extreemely difficult to meet with a horse that is of a smaller size than would suit the President that is good for the Saddle.

You mention that the President wishes to know, what I suppose such a horse as he wants would be worth—from the great prices given for fine Saddle horses—I question whether such a one will be purchased as will answer the purpose for less than four hundred Dollars.

I put up a great many Hams & generally supply a Number of Gentlemen in Philadel⟨phia,⟩ however I should suppose they are not better, if equal to what the President is Accustomed to have—in January if it is his wish I can supply him with a few to try.

My Son John who lately came in from Kentuckey mentioned to me a young Bay horse that was in that Country—which he thought the hansomest & best for the Saddle of any thing he had seen—he at present is in Philadela and therefore I cannot be particular about the horse and the distance so far that is scarcely worth mentioning, excepting the President should incline to direct someone in that Country to buy him & send him in the Spring, if they thought him very superior—My Son will return again to Kentuckey in a few Days.2

Nov. 2d

I wrote the above on Saturday eveng but did not forwd it; as I wanted to look at a horse belonging to a Mr Livingston of New York, who has been in this place for some Weeks, but is now in Burlington and I was in hopes he would have ⟨r⟩eturned to-Day—I suppose he will be home in a Day or two, when I will enquire if he will sell him—I have often seen him pass by & from his Appearance he looks very likely to suit the best of any horse I have seen—if there is a prospect of his suiting & he is for Sale, I will inform you further about him3—I am Sir yr mot hble Servt

A. Hunt

ALS, DNA: RG 59, Miscellaneous Letters.

1Dandridge’s letter to Hunt has not been identified.

2John Wesley Hunt (1772–1849) moved to Lexington, Ky., in 1794 and was at this time operating a dry goods store there. His mercantile interest became the basis of a career in Kentucky that included hemp manufacture, stock breeding, land speculation, and banking.

3Hunt wrote again to Dandridge on 5 Nov.: “In my Letter to you, I mentioned a horse belonging to a Mr Livingston; he has returnd to this place—he will not sell him and says he was offerd four hundred Dollars for him before he came out of New York—I cannot hear of any thing likely to suit the President.

“I should be happy if I could hit on a horse in this Country that would suit the President, but I despair of having it [in] my Power” (DLC:GW).

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