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Letter from Jacob Henry Wendell about Henry Wendell, Former Sheriff, March 5, 1789
Letter from Jacob Henry Wendell, 1789
Sworn 24 July 1788 before me
John M. Beeckman
Albany 5 March 1789
Having promiscuously in the street intimated to you the disagreeable situation of my father, he being subject to pay the penalty prosecuted for in favor of the State
I earnestly wish’d for an opportunity to give you every information respecting the business as it stood prior to your departure and would have gladly attended you but found to my great mortification that your whole time was fully engross’d in attending the separate houses of the Legislature and experience’d worse sensations in consequence of your departure[.] I am partly consol’d when I reflect that you must necessarily know the particular circumstance of my brother’s waiting on the Auditor to whom he was purposely sent with the list of fines and Amerci[amen]ts to solicit their being audited who replied that the time was elaps’d by law whereup[on] he waited upon you and you directed him back to the Auditor with the list[. O]ne principal reason that unfortunately occasion’d delay in the affair was my father’s indisposition which confined him to his bed and room for the full space of three months in which interim he never receiv’d any proper intimations respecting the result of his petition and the only indefinite hint that ever was communicated to him was by the hon[orable] judge Yates Esq. on his return from the Legislature and whose recollection had not serv’d so as to retain the purport of the case provided but gave him to understand that what had been execu[ted] by the Legislature was somewhat favorable and as the laws would soon be publish’d he might particularly learn what the Legislature had directed in consequence of the Sheriff’s petition[. T]he laws coming so late is a circumstance so palpable that every person in this quarter can testify that they were either very tediously carried thro[ugh] the press or delay’d for some other reasons from the public view[. N]o sufficient reason can be adduced that would expose him to the difficult compromise of incurring the penalty of £500 in non complying with the directions of a law that designated only the necessity of paying the audited am[oun]t of the acc[oun]t or list of fines and Amer[ciamen]ts as deposited in the hands of the Auditor the amount whereof is trifling indeed when put in competition with the penalty of the law.
With Sentim[en]ts of respects
I subscribe myself
Jacob Henry Wendell
Gerardus Bancker Esq.