History From America's Most Famous Valleys
Life and Times of
Sir William Johnson, Bart.,
by William L. Stone
Albany: J. Munsell, 78 State Street, 1865.
APPENDIX No 11.
To the Hon: Sir John Johnson, Baronet.
"The address of the field officers, captains and subalterns of the militia regiment, comprehending the inhabitants of Kinderhook and King's districts.
It is with infinite concern that we reflect on the melancholy event which calls upon us to pay you the tribute of our respect, in condoling with you on the death of your amiable father.
"A retrospect on the many eminent services of Sir William Johnson to this country, as well in the field as in his other very important departments, cannot fail of eliciting the gratitude of every friend to the British Empire. But in a more especial manner must the sensibility of these frontiers be awakened when they contemplate these abilities by which they have been so often and so long protected from the ravages of a merciless foe, by which the arts and even refinements of civil society have been extended into a rude and inhospitable wilderness, and the unprincipled savage been taught to cultivate the blessings of peace.
Impressed as we are by these sentiments, we cannot help deploring this event as a public calamity, the more so as it has happened at a juncture when we should despair of avoiding the dangers which threaten the safety of a great part of this country, if we did not derive sanguine hopes from the known abilities and influence of the different branches of his very reputable family.
"Nor can we, Sir, help reflecting on those many private virtues which distinguished the character of Sir William Johnson. By his death the poor and indigent have lost their munificent benefactor; and most sincerely do we sympathize with those many unfortunate
1 This document was found among the Johnson Manuscript.
persons, whose merit attracted his notice even amidst the frowns of adversity.
"Permit us, Sir, now to declare the grateful sense we entertain of the marks of favor with which we have been honored by your exalted father. His memory will ever be held in the highest veneration among us, and it will be no small alleviation to that undissembled sorrow we feel on this occasion, if you, Sir, would extend the patronage toward us which we have so long received from him.
"KINDERHOOK 23d July, 1774.
CORNELIUS VAN SCHAACK,
H. V. SCHAACK,
WILLIAM WARNER JB.,
ELISHA PRATT JR.,
JOHN BEEBE JR.,
JOHN D. GOES,
JOHANNIS L. VAN ALEN,
ABR'M J. VAN VLECK,
EPHRAIM VAN BUREN,
PETER VAN SLYCK JUN.
JOHN D. VOSBURGH,
JOHN T. VOSBUBGH,
STEPHEN VAN ALEN,
LUCAS T. GOES,
CRUGER HUYK JUN.
PETER VAN ALSTYNE,
JOHN W. VAN ALSTYNE,
LUCAS VAN ALEN JR.,
to James F. Morrison for loaning his book for the purpose of putting it on
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