Letter, 1796 February 8.

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Williams, John, 1752-1806. Letter, 1796 February 8.

Letter, 1796 February 8.

J. Williams writes at Philadelphia to the "Messrs. Webster", discussing, primarily, commercial matters. He especially discusses the comparative importance of the navy and army. "Our safety does not lay in a navy, therefore the expediency of a navigation act to create seamen would be ineligible... It is our business to invite all the world to come to import and buy our produce,... Every man in the United States taken from the plough and put on board a vessell is a man lost to the true interest in this country... Your letter respecting the post roads from Albany or Lansingburgh to be extended through Washington and Clinton counties to meet the Amil from Canada shall be attended to,..."

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