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Holyoke, Elizur (1678-1680) to Robert Livingston re: Holyoke's travel to New York to discuss debt

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03107.00028 Author/Creator: Holyoke, Elizur (1678-1680) Place Written: Albany, New York Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 1678/10/03 Pagination: 1p. + addr. 31 x 19.7 cm

Summary of Content: Holyoke apologizes for the inconvenience of his travel to New York, but is willing to do so if necessary to discuss Livingston's indebtedness. Docketed on address leaf.

Full Transcript: Albany, [N.Y.] 3 October 1678
Mr. Livingstone
I am very Sorrie That It falls out soe that you should be out of the way [now]. I have been at soe much ...paines to Come soe far: I Doe believe that you have been Informed of my Coming before now and that may Cause you to stay the longer. Thinking To weary me out: I will assure you that It will be your best way To come up with all posible speed & If you Doe Soe & Doe any Thing Like I shall bee your good friend; It is not knowne what I Come for as yett & my Designe Is To Remaine Soe untill I speake with you. Mr. Cooper hath advised me to stay till you Come up & has Intreated me that I would not Doe any Thing untill you Come whoe hath prevaild with me or Ells I had Attached what I could find believing that you Did keepe out of the way on purpose: If you Doe come up quickly I Doe assure you I will be freind you: but If other wise I shall Due what is to be Done heare & then goe Doune to Yorke: I Doe not know what farther to write at present but Doe blame my selfe That I have not write to you before. Therefore as you love [inserted: and Credit] your selfe I Advise you to hasten up for I Doe not Intend any harme towards you, not Ells
but I Remaine your loving freind
Elizur Holyoke
N:York 8 Octob[er] 1678 Mr. T: Coopers letter from Alb[any] And Mr. Holyokes
These ffor Mr Robert Lvieingstone at New York or Elswheare wth speed

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Historical Era: Colonization and Settlement, 1585-1763

Subjects: FinanceDebtTravel

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