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Livingston, Barbara, fl. 1700 to Robert Livingston re: family news from Scotland

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03107.00600 Author/Creator: Livingston, Barbara, fl. 1700 Place Written: Edinburgh, [Scotland] Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 1700/01/11 Pagination: 3p. + addr. 21.8 x 16.8 cm Order a Copy

Barbara writes of life in Scotland, following the death of their brother James. She also writes of the health of young Robert Livingston ("he has only a co[l]d which I hope shall be quickly over") and his enrollment at the Latin School in the town, and her own recent return to Scotland from Holland, with all that return has entailed. On page three is a letter from Barbara's daughter Janet Miller, who writes of young Robert's popularity in Edinburgh ("poepl hier ar very curious to see him and ask him questions about New England") and of the remaining members of the family not spoken of by her mother.

Livingston, Barbara, fl. 1700

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