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Livingston, Robert (1708-1790) to his son [possibly his son-in-law, James Duane]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02537.01 Author/Creator: Livingston, Robert (1708-1790) Place Written: Livingston Manor, New York Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 15 December 1778 Pagination: 1 p. ; 31.5 x 20 cm.

Summary of Content: Discusses a snow storm that may work to the American troops' advantage as the roads are impassable. Mentions a food shortage and the rising costs of provisions. Assures the recipient that his family, under Livingston's care, is healthy. Asks about the developments in Congress and whether any news has arrived from France, England, or Spain. Wonders whether the British will allow the war to continue for another year. Encloses a letter for recipient's brother Robert (not included) and wishes him a happy holiday.

People: Livingston, Robert, 1708-1790
Livingston, Robert R., 1746-1813

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Subjects: Revolutionary WarExtreme WeatherMilitary HistoryInfrastructureFinanceMilitary ProvisionsDiet and nutritionChildren and FamilyHealth and MedicalCongressFranceGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyEconomicsAmerican StatesmenHolidays and CelebrationsContinental Congress

Sub Era: The War for Independence

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