Nov 08, 2018 - Sale 2492

Sale 2492 - Lot 28

Price Realized: $ 938
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 1,000 - $ 2,000
DEATH OF HIS DAUGHTER AND THE OCCUPATION OF WEST FLORIDA GEORGE CLINTON. Autograph Letter Signed, "Geo Clinton," as Vice President, to his son-in-law M[atthias] B[urnett] Tallmadge, expressing sorrow at the loss of his own daughter, recounting news of the U.S. occupation of Spanish West Florida, speculating about efforts to establish a new Bank of the United States, and conveying the valuation of some of his land. 1 1/4 pages, folio, written on the recto and verso of a single sheet; docketing on second page, minor dampstaining at top edge. Washington, 19 January 1811

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". . . The distressing loss of my dear Daughter Caty cou'd not fail to fill me with inexpressible Grief. . . . But the Feelings of parental affection founded on my Ties of Blood are too powerful to be subdued, all that is expected is that they be restrained and moderated for were it otherwise the finest and best feelings of the human heart must be distroyed [sic] and the Life of Man rendered miserable indeed. There is . . . reason to believe that my dear Child has made a happy change and that she now enjoys a blessed Immortality & this is my consolation. I need not tell my dear Betsy how deeply & sincerely I sympathise with her in our mutual & very afflicting loss. It would be a very great comfort to have my Children with me on this trying occasion but I know this to be impossible--. . . .

"We have no Late Foreign News. Accounts are received that our Troops are in possession of West Florida. Both parties . . . & those under the Spanish Governor Folch surrendered without resistance. It is as yet too early to conjecture what Consequences this measure may produce.

"In the House of representatives the Bill for renewing the Charter of the Bank of the United States was taken up in Committee of the whole and a Motion to strike out the first section was carried by a Majority of 13. This decides the Fate of the Bill & of the Institution. The Object as far as I can discover is to establish a new National Bank on this Land of Corruption of 10 Mile Square on what principles I have not learned. . . ."

From the Collection of William Wheeler III.