7 December 2015
RUSH, Benjamin (Signer, Pennsylvania). Autograph letter signed (“Benj. Rush”), to Senator John Langdon (1741-1819), Signer of the Constitution (NH), Philadelphia, 14 March 1789. 3 pages, 4to.
RUSH CELEBRATES WITH LANGDON A “COMMON JOY IN BEHOLDING THE RESURRECTION OF ORDER AND JUSTICE IN OUR COUNTRY”
When they last met, Rush reminds Langdon, “we differed...about the comparative importance of commerce and agriculture to the United States, yet I am sure we agree in partaking of the same common joy in beholding the resurrection of order and justice in our country, under the new government of the United States…I have the pleasure of seeing the execution of this government committed to a body of those illustrious patriots to whom America owes her liberties & independence.” After thus congratulating Langdon on being chosen one of New Hampshire’s first Senators, he turns “to a subject of a private nature,” and asks Langdon to provide whatever patronage he can for a Mr. Samuel Hanson of Maryland “who proposes to offer his services to the United States.” Hinting that Hanson’s wife and children were in some need, Rush closes by reminding Langdon of “your respect and tenderness for the weak and defenceless part of our fellow creature in the year 1776.”
Langdon served in the Continental Congress until June 1776, then sat as a New Hampshire delegate in the Federal Convention in Philadelphia in 1787. He played a leading role in that State’s ratification convention. Elected to the first Congress, he had the distinction being the first President pro tempore of the Senate and counted the unanimous Electoral College votes cast for George Washington. A fine Rush letter on the eve of the new republic.
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