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Sydenham, George to Alida Livingston re: apology for inability to forward a letter

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03107.00634 Author/Creator: Sydenham, George Place Written: Planevale, Connecticut Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 1701/[09]/04 Pagination: 1 p. + docket 15.5 x 19.4 cm

Sydenham explains the attempt he made at sending a letter, at midnight by the hand of a "french boy," to his cousin Livingston, and apologizes for its non-arrival.

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