GOVERNOR DEWITT CLINTON - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 01/27/1802 - HFSID 280947
Sale Price $450.00
Dewitt Clinton wrote this letter in 1802, during his last year as New York state senator, to his wife Maria about the opening of the legislative session.
Autograph letter signed "Dewitt Clinton". Pencil notations on verso in unknown hand. 1 page, 7¾x9½. Albany, New York, Jan. 27 1802. Addressed to "Mrs. Clinton". In full: "The legislature, my dear Maria, opened their sessions yesterday and besides the customary forms of business nothing particular has occurred. I enclose the Governor's Speech which is much approved by our friends. I trust that I will be able to see you very soon - I am interrupted by company and have only time to inform you of my welfare. Truly Yours Most Affectly". Clinton (1769-1828, born in Little Britain, New York) was New York state senator (1798-1802), United States Senator (1802-1803), Mayor of New York (1803-1807, 1808-1810 and 1811-1815) and Governor of New York (1817-1821, 1825-1828). DeWitt had been introduced to politics when he served as secretary to his uncle, New York's first Governor, George Clinton. In 1812, DeWitt Clinton was the unsuccessful Federalist candidate for President, losing in a close election to Democratic-Republican incumbent James Madison by 128 to 89 electoral votes, 11 to 7 states. If Pennsylvania had gone Federalist, Clinton would have won, 114 to 103. He also introduced a bill in the New York Senate in 1811 to explore routes for what would become the Erie Canal and, after the War of 1812, was appointed to the commission to build the canal in 1816. Lightly toned and creased. Small holes near left and right edges (do not touch signature). Light tears, chips nicks at all edges. Lightly discolored along edges. Folded twice vertically and thrice horizontally. Otherwise in fine condition.
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