ALS, three pages on two adjoining sheets, 5.25 x 8.5, December 27, 1859. Written from New Haven, a letter to his former private White House secretary Sidney Webster, in full: "We have just received the most kind and whole-hearted invitation from Gov. & Mrs. Fish to become their guests while in New York. There is no private family in the midst of which we should both find ourselves so happy as in that of these cherished friends—and yet, I have written to Gov. Fish that I think we had better go to the Clarendon as we have proposed—He asked me to inform him when we would leave here which I believe I failed to do—We go tomorrow morning in the train which will leave this city at nine and 3/4 o'clock and I suppose we shall reach N.Y. station about 12 1/2—I hope Gov. F. will not take the trouble to send his carriage for us but I shall be glad to meet you at the station if, it will not interfere with some arrangements of yours to meet us then. Will you speak to the Keeper of the Clarendon for us—Mrs. Pierce is nicely for her, but you know that flights of stairs are always a pretty serious objection." In fine condition. Sidney Webster was himself well-acquainted with the Fish family, and on June 7, 1860, he would marry Hamilton Fish's daughter, Sara Morris Fish.
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