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Nanfan, John (fl. 1688-1702) to Robert Livingston re: prohibition from exportation of horses to Canada

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03107.00543 Author/Creator: Nanfan, John (fl. 1688-1702) Place Written: New York, New York Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 1700/01/18 Pagination: 2 p. + addr. 23.5 x 18.7 cm

Nanfan sends his condolences on the loss of Livingston's daughter, and requests news on the failed Commission of Mr. Weaver and the possibility of receiving pay from England. He also forwards an order stating the sending of horses from New York to Canada was prohibited until further orders or the arrival of newly appointed Governor Bellomont. Docketed on address leaf.

New York, 18 January 1700
I received yours from your Plantation of the 29 December and diliverd your incloseds, I condole the Loss of your daughter, and was in hopes you having had intelligence from Mr. Weaver how we are circumstanced as to our pay received in England, you would have been so kinde as to have communicated it to me, what I have heard is but by halves, therefore in your next I disier the P[ar]ticulars as to that affair, and when I have news worth your notice I will be equally as p[ar]ticular with you. By the Last post from hence there was an order of councell sent you under Dr. Staats court prohibiting all horses (to be understood of both species) being sent to Cannada out of this Province, till my Lord Bellomonts arrivall or further order, which I hope you will see duely executed for I think it of great consiquince to the future benifitt of this place. [2] Pray give all possible encouragement to our Indians. My wishes and my most humble service to your self your good Lady and family wishing you much health and many prosperous New Years I am
Your very Affectionate freind & servt
John Nanfan
Manr of Livingst: 30 Jan 1699/700 The Leut Gov[ernor] Letter fr NYorke
for his Majesties service To- Robert Levingston [sic] Esqr of his Majest[y]s hon[or]able Councell Att John Nanfan Albany

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