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Graham, James (fl. 1679-1700) to Robert Livingston re: the afflictions of colonials

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03107.00225 Author/Creator: Graham, James (fl. 1679-1700) Place Written: New York, New York Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 1692/[11]/25 Pagination: 1 p. + addr. 31.4 x 22 cm

Graham writes of the "old unhappiness" of ill-ease and a lack of desire to pay taxes, which has spread throughout the colonies and created disunity among the colonists, especially on the king's plantations, leaving New York as "constrained to bear without grumbling" this affliction. Docketed on address leaf.

New York, 25 [November] 1692
D[ea]r Sir
This brings you accknowledgemt for your Kind Letter of the [3] mo Currant by which I am much oblidged and shall not faile one all occasions to manifest that assistanse your plase hath all wayes Justly deserved at my hands, that matter of Coll Dongans never came befor us, if it had should have [mett] with a suitable dispatch as other matters last it is the old unhappyness never to give Content, your gentlemen were witness to the [zeale] for their Maje[st]ys servise the good of this government togither with the manifestation of singular respects to his Excell[enc]y had they been present they would have shared of the reprimand, and look[ed] upon persons disafected as well as me, and this is the thanks, tho I may boldly [inserted: say] that all the Kings plantations in America, put them all togither has not given such signall demonstration of their true affection to their Maj[es]ty Interest, as the [illegible] here have done, not at so great Expense of Tresure as this poor province has been constrained to bear without grumbleing, I am so farr from haveing any return that neither the faith of the assembly who assured me I shall be satisfied, nor the Encouradgmt of a salary is regarded, that I am now under greater discouradgmt than ever and I beleeve shall be forsed to remove at Last for I have not sufficient left to dispense with bantering promises any more, his Excell[enc]y Esteems you well, has apointd Captn. [Wessell] town Major, which useth to be a place of profile in our Countreys and I hope will prove so to him, give him Capn van Schaich my service accept the same your self, I have only time to tell you that I am
D[ea]r Sir
Your affectionat freind & [servant]
Ja[mes] Graham
give my servise to Major Ingoldsby & his Lady, your brother Schuyler, the Mayor & all freinds your people are in so great hope I have not time to write to any other tell Mr vandyk I [received] his shall be mindfull of his business, you did not Leave his papers so that I am in want, send them down - news of a fight in flanders [illegible] Loss of 7000 men on earth [illegible] which is all.
Alb[any] 29 November 1692 James graham atturnay genll letter for N Yorke
To Mr Robert Livingston att Albany Present

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