To Peter Gerard Stuyvesant1
[New York, June 26, 1804]
I should like to see you on the subject of a poor fellow Peter Dunken who says, you have been employed for him & appears unfortunate which is his title to my attention.2
ALS, The Rutherford B. Hayes Library, Fremont, Ohio; copy, Columbia University Libraries.
1. Stuyvesant was a New York City landowner.
2. On February 17, 1841, Stuyvesant wrote to John Church Hamilton: “Near forty years ago I had charge of some trifling business for an illiterate man in the humble walks of life. In the simplicity of his nature, however, he called on your father & related his grievances, which occasioned the penning of the enclosed note. When it was delivered to me, I reproved the man for the freedom in which he had indulged, & undertook to convince him of the impropriety of troubling Genl. Hamilton with his concerns; his reply to me was, O no Sir he treated me very kindly” (ALS, Columbia University Libraries).