1817 Peter Loop Letter
Chemung County NY
Article: 1817 Peter Loop Letter
Township: Chemung County NY
Submitted by Cinda Marsh
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"AN INTERESTING OLD LETTER"  ---- Which Peter P. Loop Wrote in 1817 - Some Extensive Financiering of that Early Day.

     Edward S. Loop was very much pleased the other day at being handed by Edward Welles a letter written by Mr. Loop's father, Peter P. Loop, to George M. Hollenback in 1817.  The letter was written while Mr. Loop was yet a young man, and the chirography is beautifully neat.  After telling Mr. Hollenback about the safe arrival of goods (at Athens, where Mr. Loop was clerking for Mr. Hollenback) by John Griffin's boat, he goes on to gossip very pleasantly on social topics.  He had just attended a ball at Chemung with Lyman Covell and Lathrop Baldwin.  He expressed himself as wearied with the dullness of Athens and put in his leisure studying French.  Were it not for the hope of returning to Wilkes-Barre, he could not be content to stay at Tioga Point.

     He was happy to hear the Bridge Company were doing so well and hoped they would finally triumph over their enemies.

     "I have been of great service here to their paper.  I have done away with many false reports which were in circulation and have given it a good name, and it passes well.  Their tickets pass better than any others. I have been assured that it is in the power of your father and Mr. Tuttle to get from the Bridgeport or Derby Banks $0x,xxx, paper payable in New York at three per cent.  (all of which I suppose you are acquainted with-if not, keep it still,) to put the new bank in operation. I think they ought not to sleep on such an opportunity of completely vanquishing the new school.  A gentleman acquainted with the circumstances declared to me a few days since that they (the old school) ought not to stop at a loss of $5,000 to put it into operation. Should anything be done, I rely on your and your father's promises of doing something in it for me.  My respects to all who feel any interest in my good or evil fortune, and especially to Emily and Mrs. Cist."

     It is not difficult to see in the light of this letter, where the younger Loop gets his taste for financiering.  He has the same faculty for "getting in on the ground floor" that his father had.

     The letter is full of scholarly sentences and quotations.  Mr. Welles could not have disposed of the old manuscript more appropriately than by placing it in the hands of the son.  The postage on it was 12 1/2 cents.

     Peter P. Loop was born in Elmira, N.Y., in 1793 and died at Belvidere, IL, in 1854.  His father, also named Peter, was one of the commissioners appointed by the Susquehanna Company, September 25, 1786, any five of the commissioners constituting a court with power to determine whenever a form of interval government shall be established in that country.  Peter P. Loop married Elizabeth Irene, daughter of Gen. William Ross, born 1799 and married 1820. Their children, all living are D.J.M. Loop, Edward Sterling Loop and Rev. Dewitt Clinton Loop.

In a message dated 12/2/2006 5:19:31 AM Eastern Standard Time, geoff.broadfirs@btinternet.com writes:
We have an old armchair made simply of stained pine but with a carved back panel on which is 'Peter Loop 1858'. It has been in our family for over 100 years but we cannot trace any Loops in our ancestry. It would seem strange if the chair had originated in the USA but not impossible. It looks as though it would have sat comfortably in the cottage in your web site !!
If the year 1858 has any significance, or you have any interest I would be happy to forward pics of the chair; it would be nice to trace its origins or even reunite it with its family.
Hope to hear from you.
Geoff Marshall
First Added to the Site on 22 FEB 2003
By Joyce M. Tice

You are our welcome visitor since 22 FEB 2003

In a message dated 8/2/2007 7:40:17 PM Eastern Standard Time, msmoody@cox.net writes:

I have a letter that Keziah Parshall Hulce wrote to Jesse P. Hulce before she died. She is concerned of his salvation. I am a decendant of Keziah's. The letter was handed down to my grandmother Juanita Jones Hill. Here is the words Keziah wrote to her son, Jesse.

. My name is Marilyn Hill Moody
Yes, Keziah lived in Candaigua, New York. She was the daughter of Israel Parshall.

Canandagua Feb 1, 1828
My Dear Child:
 It is impossible for me to know with what feelings you will read these lines,but I assure you they are the expressions of a heart full of maternal affection towards you and of tender solicition for your best overall welfare. The time of my departure is at hand. I have reason daily to look for my great change. Under the infirmities of and in the immediate prospect of the eternal world. I now write this letter. It may be my last farewell advice. O' my dear child, how can you neglect the welfare of your precious immortal soul when so much has been done for your salvation. In Christ there is a feeling of salvation for the whole world if they will come to him, he will be able and willing to save, he has laid down his life for such creatures as we are and will you trample under foot his precious blood and reject his kind invitation. So my child,be in earnest for the salvation of your soul and may God who delights not in the death of a sinner, but rather that he turn and have mercy on you. In immediate repent there is hope, he is a prayer hearing God. He is still merciful and gracious man, the Father of mercies graciously regard you and the Holy Spirit convinced humble and sanctify you. It is not likely my Dear Son that I shall ever see you again. I am very weak and I am not able to see you anymore, I want very much to see you, your wife and children. I hope that you will not neglect my dying advice to attend to your immortal soul. That if we never meet again on earth, we may meet in another and better world where tears are no more and I know the weary are at rest. Your Father, Brother and Sisters send their love to you and your family. This from your affectionate Mother,
 Keziah Hulce
 Mr. Jesse P. Hulce
Keziah Hulce is my name English is my nation Candangua is my dwelling place And Christ is my Salvation When I am dead and in my grave And all my bones is rotten I leave these things for you to read that I may not be forgotten.
Letter added to Site 05 MAY 2008 by Joyce M. Tice