Pro Bono Publico – September 4, 1813
MR. CLARK, I observe a notice in your last paper, requesting a meeting in Cooperstown, on the 16th [September] for the purpose of procuring a bank. I have for some time been anxiously wishing for the same, and have been surprised that it has not been agitated before. The county of Otsego is certainly second to but two or three counties of the state, for improvements; manufactures and a spirit of enterprise; and as far as I understand the principle of banking, I cannot believe, that the citizens of Otsego County are as much entitled to the privileges and benefits of a banking institution, and are as capable of managing its commerce as many other counties, who have already obtained charters ... A FARMER.
COMMENT: The Otsego County Bank was not, in fact, organized and incorporated until 1830, in the stone building with columns which still stands next to the entrance to Cooper Park.