Two pages, with integral address panel, 4to. Item #404996
Henry van Schaak (1733-1825): banished from New York State during the American Revolution because of his Loyalist sympathies. He moved to Massachusetts, first settling in Richmond and then in Pittsfield. He was a close friend and correspondent of Philip Schuyler, James Duane, and several other New Yorkers. Reading: "Our friend the Doctor your colleague, how is he? I hope the house will have a full display of his political talents in this important crisis. My affectionate compl. To him. Good night God bless you all and believe me unfeignedly My dear sir Your sincere and obt. Servant H V Schaack."
I hope you will be early in the house so as to secure a good seat – Let me beseech you to keep that inanimate (?) thing of a man who used to squeeze us so hard, at distance! I wo’d as soon sit near a Toad as that lump of stupidity. You know who I mean. I had rather be near a Knave than a fool – the former may divert me but the latter can pay no tribute of amusement –"