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Graham, James (fl. 1679-1700) to Robert Livingston re: delays in repayment of Livingston's debt

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03107.00220 Author/Creator: Graham, James (fl. 1679-1700) Place Written: New York, New York Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 1692/08/23 Pagination: 1 p. + addr. 31.5 x 22 cm

Summary of Content: Graham claims that the assembly is full of delays but that he promises to aid in the recovery of the debts accrued by Livingston. He also refers to an action of "our fleet against the French" and the efforts of Governor Andros in his attempts to leave the port. Graham advises Livingston to focus on his "own private concerns." Docketed on address leaf.

Full Transcript: New York, [N.Y.] 23 August 1692
D[ea]r S[i]r
I accknowledge the favor of both yours & you now Knowing my [provinse] will readily [illegible] my Silense, I will ...not now advise you of any thing Judgeing yr presence most needfull. our assembly are full of delays and as you cannot guess at the [illegible] - however be assured I will Leave no stone unturned to doe the service, you have from all hands the [illegible] of our fleet against the french. I send you the prints thereof. and heartily rejoyse at so great bli[ss]ing to our native land, wch I hope will prove of good consequense to us all I have now certaine advise, that we may dayly Expect our governor who was in the downes ready to saile [wch] [yr] Edm[und] Andros in the [illegible] for this part, waiteing only the Queens orders, wch was dayly Expected. our ships were then also ready and there is 50 [?] ordinanse with our [Horer] of warr for this part, aboard the ships so pray God Conduct them safe to us: [we] dayly Expect them. and I beleev it will not be a miss that you hasten down upon yr own private Concerns as well as this. I referr you to yr br[other] Cortland & o[ther]s for p[ar]ticulars- I am now in great hast and salute you yr Lady & family with respects. Mr. Randelwyck is here goes to Boston to morow, is yr great freind. Have procured him to write in yr favor in Dongans matter, & also to recommend you to be one of the councill, wch he doubts not but he shall obtaine I have soon all the Letters whereine the services you have done to the Governmt are not forgot[en]. I am
You[r] affectionate friend
Ja[mes] Graham
25 Aug 1692 Mr Grahams lettir from N Yorke
To Mr Robert Livingston att Albany Present
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Historical Era: Colonization and Settlement, 1585-1763

Subjects: FinanceDebtGovernment and CivicsNavyFranceGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyMilitary History

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