To Richard Varick1
[New York, December 31, 1788]
Commodore Nicholson2 tells me this evening that they are nearly at a stand for want of funds. I commit the guardianship of my poor bantling to you. Pray dont let it suffer. Another thousand by the corporation will relieve all our difficulties.3
ALS, MS Division, New York Public Library, New York City.
1. Varick at this time was recorder for New York City.
2. On September 30, 1788, the Common Council had nominated “Robert Watts—Alexander McComb, Major L’Enfant James Nicholson & William Maxwell to purchase the Materials & superintend” the repairs and additions which were to be made to the City Hall “for the accommodation of the Genl Government” (Minutes of the Common Council of the City of New York description begins Minutes of the Common Council of the City of New York (New York, 1917). description ends , I, 404).
3. On January 7, 1789, the Common Council resolved:
“Resolved that this Corporation will lend their Credit for drawing the further Sum of One thousand Pounds out of the Bank of New York to be applied towards the Repairs & Additions making to the City Hall for the accommodation of Congress And therefore ordered that a promisory Note in favor of William Seton Esqr for the use of the Bank of New York in the Sum of One thousand Pounds payable in twelve Months be made, that the Seal of this Corporation be affixed thereto & that Mr Recorder subscribe the same on behalf of this Board.” (Minutes of the Common Council of the City of New York description begins Minutes of the Common Council of the City of New York (New York, 1917). description ends , I, 425.)