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Clinton, DeWitt (1769-1828) to unknown

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC01659 Author/Creator: Clinton, DeWitt (1769-1828) Place Written: Albany, New York Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 9 March 1794 Pagination: 3 p. : docket ; 32.6 x 20 cm. or smaller

Summary of Content: Discusses a Congressional bill passed for fortifying New York City. Believes that a civic project like this will bode the republican interest well. Mentions opponents of the bill and the heady task they have in defending their side. Questions the delay in building the fortifications since they are needed now and that in the time it takes for timber to be gathered and builders hired, the citizens will suffer. Writes that those against the bill were mostly from upstate and were led by General Schuyler and Mr. Van Rensselaer. Discusses the possible unconstitutionality of passing a bill fortifying a city and debates the equivalence of the Senate protecting the Union and New York State protecting its citizens.

Background Information: Clinton was Mayor of New York City. Among his efforts during his 10 terms were the promotion of public education, city planning, public sanitation, and relief for the poor. As mayor, ...Clinton also held office as state senator (1806-1811) and lieutenant governor (1811-1813). See More

People: Clinton, DeWitt, 1769-1828
Van Rensselaer, Stephen, 1764-1839
Schuyler, Philip John, 1733-1804

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: US ConstitutionInfrastructureLawCongressFortificationRepublican PartyPoliticsGovernment and CivicsMilitary History

Sub Era: The Early Republic

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