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Nathaniel Pendleton to William P. Van Ness, 16 July 1804

Nathaniel Pendleton to William P. Van Ness

New York. July 16, 1804
½ After one.

Dear Sir

It will not be possible for me to give you another opportunity of seeing the Statement, before it is printed. Arrangements were made to have it appear this day,1 reserving a few lines of addition for your examination until after the hour you mentioned; as to which too we had before conversed. I have added in explicit terms the reason assigned by you for not having received the last paper I offered you from Genl. H—. I could by no means consent to omit the paper I read to you, as you seem to desire; as you must have supposed it was deemed particularly material by having been put into writing.

I trust you will find no reason to complain of any want of accuracy or precision in the publication I have authorised.

I have the honor to be Sir,   Your Obed Servt.

Nathl: Pendleton

William P Van Ness Esq

ALS, New York State Historical Association, Cooperstown, New York.

1Pendleton’s narrative was printed in the New-York Evening Post on July 16, 1804. See “Nathaniel Pendleton’s Narrative of the Events of June 22, 1804,” note 1.

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