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Pynchon, John to Robert Livingston re: Livingston's Onondaga mission

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03107.00597 Author/Creator: Pynchon, John Place Written: Springfield [?] Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 1700/05/24 Pagination: 1 p. + addr. 30.2 x 18.7 cm

Pynchon writes to congratulate Livingston on his return from the Onondaga tribes, realizing the difficulties placed upon him by the French overtures of peace towards the tribe and claiming "If the 5 nations be not debauched by the French but keep intire to you & his Majestys interest which is most strenuously to be endeavored" then peace should remain. Docketed on address leaf.

Springfield, [?], 24 May 1700
Honored Sir
Yours & your son whom I was glad to se, I Recd & am very thankful to you for your acct of affaires, rejoycing in your safe return from Onondagee & good success there: As I formerly speedyly dispatched your Pacquet to my Lord wch came by the Westfield men in April [illegible]- so now I very readyly forwarded your son in his Journy to Boston procuring him fresh horses for his dispatch wth the Packet, & hope you wil have by him a sutable returne from his Excelency & that al things wil be wel. I have nothing new to comunicate, concluding your [illegible] from Boston by your son what is needful & a ful account. We are through mercy al in quiet here, & like to be wel & wth you doubtless it wil be so. If the 5 nations be not debauched by the French but kept Inside to you & his Ma[jes]ties Interest wch is most strenuously to be Indeavored.
Sir I must not omit most thankfully to acknowledge the favor of your former letter in April [your] Westfield men & that rather because of my omission in writing to you then, wch I Blamed my selfe for, but being then in a hurry to conveigh my Lords Pacquet, bec: I could not get men here, I sent my Grandson wth it in the Night to provide men at Westfeild, & so neglected writing til it was so late & he gon: I blamed him when he came home that he did not write to you to Excuse me, however the busyness was Effected, & your Ingenuity in overlooking my defectiveness & kind lines to me notwithstanding proceeds from your goodness & [illegible] my acknowledgmt wth gratitude: who wth greate respects desires always to be Sir
your most devoted humble servt
John Pynchon
I am just ready to travel towards Boston, & Expected your sons returne, but his not being yet come in, I leave these lines for him, supposing I shal meete him on the Journy, so can give noe acct of any thing from Boston, but you wil have it by him.
Mannor of Livingston 10 June 1700 Col: J: Pynchons letter from Springfield [illegible]
These For his Honored friend Mr Robert Livingstone in Albany

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