LETTER TO HIS BROTHER WILLIAM E. GREEN, in Worcester, Massachusetts, concerning an incident between the "aristocrats" and the "democrats" Meltiah Green.

LETTER TO HIS BROTHER WILLIAM E. GREEN, in Worcester, Massachusetts, concerning an incident between the "aristocrats" and the "democrats".

New York: May 26, 1795. One page autograph letter signed. Single sheet approximately 160 words. After opening with some family news Green writes; "By the time this reaches your hand we shall have some News from France there is a vessel expected dayley there was a dredful squabble in the coffeehouse the other day the soldiers put up a liberty Cap and two Cullers one French and one American the aristocr ["the" crossed out and last word unfinished] there is two sects of people the Tories or aristocrats & the whigs or democrats when the Cullers were put up the aristocrats took down the French Culler and then Got into a skiff and road down the river the Frenchmen got into an armebote (?) and followed on until night but could not overtake them...." [This is likely a reference to the on-going disputes between those Americans sympathetic to the French, and the French Revolution (which had further descended into chaos by 1795) and those who favored British ties].
Meltiah Green (1779-1800) was the son of Dr. John Green (1736-1799) and Mary Ruggles Green. He worked in the merchant sea trade, while his older brother, William E. Green (1777-1865) was a Brown University graduate, lawyer and farmer. There were ten siblings in this family. Meltiah died young of yellow fever in St. Bartholomew, West Indies. [Correspondence held at The American Antiquarian Society]. Item #63914

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