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GOVERNOR DEWITT CLINTON - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 07/28/1820 - HFSID 315294

DEWITT CLINTON During a close race for re-election as Governor of New York, he writes "we are gaining ground very rapidly". Autograph Letter signed: "D W C", 1 page, 8x9½. Albany, 1820 July 28. To "James L.

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DEWITT CLINTON
During a close race for re-election as Governor of New York, he writes "we are gaining ground very rapidly".
Autograph Letter signed: "D W C", 1 page, 8x9½. Albany, 1820 July 28. To "James L. Bell, Esq", in full: "Public and private business renders it necessary for me to visit New York soon - and I shall certainly be there on Tuesday morning. I have seen and heard a good deal in my late excursions and I know that we are gaining ground very rapidly. The people are fired of constant excitement and it is impossible that the [?] can prevail much longer. Yours truly". De Witt 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 was appointed to the commission to build the canal in 1816. He confidence expressed in this letter proved justified: Clinton was re-elected Governor in 1820, but by a mere 1,500 votes against sitting US Vice President Daniel Tompkins. Multiple folds. Tape on corners. Toned. Ink smeared in beginning of letter, but legible. Surface creases. Corners and edges worn. Adhesive residue on verso.

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