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Sampson, Zabdiel (1781-1828) to Aaron Hobart

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC06313.04.069 Author/Creator: Sampson, Zabdiel (1781-1828) Place Written: Washington, D.C. Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 5 January 1819 Pagination: 2 p. : address : docket : free frank ; 24.4 x 20 cm.

Reports on congressional proceedings. Discusses the "political condition of South America," specifically endorsing American policy towards the "independent provinces of Rio De La Plata." Also mentions that "the Massachusetts claim was called as the order of the day" and since it did not receive any aid from the republicans the federalists decided that the claim would be given "a 'go by' for the present." Reminds Hobart to send him the name of someone other than D. Lane who might be interested in receiving documents from him of interest to Republicans in Abington, Massachusetts.

Zabdiel Sampson was a congressional representative from Massachusetts from 1817 to 1820, after which he was appointed collector of customs at Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1820, serving until his death.
Aaron Hobart, lawyer, jurist, state senator, and congressman, was born on June 26, 1787 in Abington, Massachusetts. Hobart pursued classical studies and graduated from Brown University in 1805. Thereafter, he studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1809, commencing practice in Abington. In 1824 he moved to East Bridgewater, Massachusetts. He was a representative in the state legislature in 1814; a state senator in 1819; and in 1820 was elected a representative in the 16th congress to fill a vacancy, taking his seat on December 18, 1820. He was re-elected to the 17th, 18th, & 19th congresses, serving from 1820-1827. He was a member of the governor's council, 1827-31, and a judge of probate, 1843-58. He is the author of Historical Sketches of Abington Mass. (1839). He died in East Bridgewater, Massachusetts on September 19, 1858 and was buried in Central Cemetery.

[Draft Excerpt:]
... political condition of South America, as made known by our Commissioners, I think must satisfy every person that the conduct of our government towards the independent provinces of Rio De La Plata, has been governed by a just & sound policy.

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