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Financial letter President Van Buren wrote concerning ?a final settlement of the whole matter? regarding a $2000 note and property owned by Peter G. Stuyvesant, great great grandson of the last Dutch Governor of New Netherland
"Autograph Letter as President, not signed, 1p, 7.25? x 9?. No place. Docketed on verso of integral sheet ?M Van Buren / (Stuyvesant / business) / Oct 1839.? Unknown recipient. Fine condition. In full: ?Say to Mr Butler Most of it would be more agreeable to him to get the $2000 note we have endorsed for Charles out of the way he may draw on me for the half of it and he & I will keep it subject to a final settlement of the whole matter; but if this is to be done his brother should first convey to some third person all those portions of the property which have been purchased from Strangers, to hold in trust, to be conveyed to us as we shall hereafter agree. I would propose Lucas Green as the trustee.? Benjamin F. Butler was appointed U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York by President Martin Van Buren in 1838 after serving as Andrew Jackson and Van Buren?s Attorney General from 1833-1838. Admitted to the bar when he was 21, Butler became then New York State Senator Martin Van Buren?s law partner in 1817. The ?Stuyvesant business? refers to Peter G. Stuyvesant (1777-1847) and his late brother Nicholas W. Stuyvesant (1769-1833), gr-gr-grandsons of Peter Stuyvesant, the last Dutch Director-General of New Netherland from 1647-1664 when it was ceded to the English. Their maternal great grandfather was Robert Livingstone, 1st Lord of the Manor of Livingstone. Each brother owned property in Manhattan. In this letter, Van Buren believes that before the matter is settled, Peter, Nicholas?s ?brother should first convey to some third person all those portions of the property which have been purchased from Strangers...? The Library of Congress has among its papers a letter written by Benjamin F. Butler to President Van Buren dated November 23, 1839, concerning ?The Stuyvesant note.?"
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