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Lot 13: Clinton, George. Autograph letter signed, 2 pages (6 ¼ x 8 ¼ in.; 159 x 210 mm.)
December 18, 2012
Calabasas Hills, CA, USALive Auction
13. Clinton, George. Autograph letter signed, 2 pages (6 ¼ x 8 ¼ in.; 159 x 210 mm.), “Albany, [New York],” 9 March 1780, to Robert R. Livingston, chancellor of New York and member of the committee of five who drafted the Declaration of Independence; browned.
John Jay’s narrow escape from the British while sailing to France.
Clinton writes in full: I am favored with your Letter of the 15 Ult[imat]e & am sorry to hear of the Dangers & Disappointment our Friend Mr. Jay had to encounter the beginning of his voyage but I admit there is [in] it a Happiness that has escaped the Hands of the Enemy and I flatter myself that before this he has reached his destined Port without further Accident. I feel myself deeply interested in his Welfare and it will always give me Pleasure to hear of him. Genl. Scott has long since set out for Congress -- he has with him the Papers relative to the Vermont Business properly authenticated and if he has not been as Dilatory on his Journey as he was on setting out he must soon be with you. You are continued as a Delegate. Genl. Schuyler who left this Place ab’t 10 Days ago for Philadelphia too with him (as the Atty Genl. informs me) the concurrent Resolutions of the Legislature on this Subject. No Support Bill has been passed at this present Meeting of the Legislature -- the Reason they assign is that it might be productive of Injustice if the Money continues to depreciate, to grant nominal Sums to the Officers of Government which as the Treasury is exhausted cannot now be paid to them. They talk however of providing for them rather more generously tho’ how far their Liberality will carry them you are as able, as I am, to determine. A Tax Bill has passed -- little different in its Principles from the last -- there is however some slight alteration in the mode of assessing and appeal to the assessors is granted to any Person who shall conceive himself aggrieved!