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Bradstreet, John (1711-1774) to Peter Van Brugh Livingston

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC01450.274 Author/Creator: Bradstreet, John (1711-1774) Place Written: Albany, New York Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 7 April 1756 Pagination: 1 p. : docket ; 30.5 x 19 cm.

Bradstreet, a British officer, writes about his supply of cordage for ships during the French and Indian War.

Livingston was a New York merchant in the shipping business. He later served in the first and second provincial congress of New York and was made its treasurer in 1776, serving for two years.

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