Lot 18: CLINTON, DEWITT. Autograph Letter Signed, to "Dear Sir,"
November 1, 2016
New York, NY, USALive Auction
Description: "THE CHIEF SUBJECT OF CONVERSATION IS THE INTENDED REMOVAL OF CONGRESS" CLINTON, DEWITT. Autograph Letter Signed, to "Dear Sir," explaining that a certain piece of property cannot be sold to him while others can, noting that the Senate has passed a bill to relocate Congress to the Potomac River and speculating that a similar bill will pass the House as well. 2 pages, folio, with integral blank (now detached); few short closed separations at folds. (MRS) New York, 7 July 1790
". . . Mr. Beckman says that his wife cannot agree to dispose of the Lot at the Wallkill--& therefore it will be out of his power to transfer it to you--that he intends to sell the lots at N Windsor soon . . . .
"The chief subject of conversation is the intended removal of Congress from this place. A bill has passed the Senate providing for the permanent resident on the banks of the Potomac and a temporary residence of ten years in Philadelphia. This bill is now discussing in the house of Representatives . . . . [A]n amendment was proposed to . . . fix the permanent at Baltimore but it was negatived by 37 against 23 . . . . The Citizens are extremely irritated and must now feel that the promised authors of the Millennium are like other men--governed by local interests. . . ."