MANUSCRIPT: NYPL-Berg ADDRESS: Hon. G. C. Verplanck / Member of Congress / Washington /D. C. POSTMARK: NEW-YORK / DEC / 24 DOCKETED: W. C. Bryant PUBLISHED (in part): Life, I, 249-250.
New York Jan 11th 1830
I suppose you may have seen before this something in the city papers or in the Albany Argus 1 on the subject of Mr. Webb's plans to get a law passed giving the printing of all legal notices in the city to the Courier and Enquirer. 2 We published a protest against it on Saturday. 3 We had early notice of what Mr. Webb was going to do and had written to our friends in Albany and had been answered that there was no probability that the legislature would do any thing affecting the interests of the Evening Post. But as the devil would have it, Col. Stone took it into his head to go to Albany for the purpose of "defeating Webb." Before he had been there two days Stilwell4 wrote to us in great alarm urging us to lose no time in making every exertion in our power for that Stone's arrival had made the question a Jackson and Adams question, and there was every reason to fear that Webb would succeed. These letters were received Saturday but since that time we have been informed that Mr. Webb's prospects did not look quite so well. If you have any confidential friend in the Legislature to whom you could write on the subject and who could be made to see the impropriety and injustice of the measure to say nothing of its inexpediency and impolicy, you might do us a service. I have just