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Van Horne, Cornelius to Robert Livingston

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03107.01553 Author/Creator: Van Horne, Cornelius Place Written: New York, New York Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 10 March 1723 Pagination: 2p. : address : docket ; 32.6 x 21.1 cm Order a Copy

Van Horne writes that a Thomas Cardle has just arrived from London after a 16 year absence, and believes himself to be the rightful owner of one of Livingston's enslaved people. Van Horne therefore warns Livingston to keep a close eye on this enslaved person, as he believes Cardle is intent upon stealing him. Document marked as a copy. Docketed on address leaf.

Hone. Sr.
New York ye to March 172 ¾
Since my Last Unto you Van Horne I Reced. yrs by the post and Rejoice to hear the Continuances of yrs and mothers he[a]lt[h] and hope in God this may still find you in the same, we are thanks be to god in good he[a]lt[h]
Here is Litle or none News In Towne wourth noting onely two or three Vessels on Arived from Curacoa & St. Thomas witch we have but poor incouragement for provisions it being but Low flower sels here att the Hiyest at 12r pr [illegible] & believe will Rather be Cheaper than [illegible] Cornele is all sold is all sold ye [illegible] butter & wax still Unsold
When you send for yr boston goods pray sand a memorandum what there is
I have also ben Creditably informed that there is one Thomas Cardle of Lon[g] Island whome Lately arived from London and has be[e]n Gon[e] for 15 or 16 year and since his Renturne posatively that he has Good Evidence to prove your negro man Dago to be his [illegible] for when he went away he left him In hands of Mr. Fauconer Till his Returne & meeting wt. Capt. Congrove in sum part of Europe Gave said Congrove an order foresaid boy on Mr. Fauconer on witch Mr. Fauconer Delivered said boy & Tuck his note & said Conger if was to Cap ye Negro for said Cardle till his Returne, & said Conger if not Expecting said Cardle would Returne or being in want of money sold said negro to you [illegible] had an order or [illegible] for the negro & said Car[d]le has said - that he Disgust to send up a cupple of [illegible] by Land In order to Decoy and Delude yr negro away from you or take him by force when at a distance from home so [2] that I desire you to ceap him home as mutch as posable and to be carefull how you [illegible] any [illegible] fellows to cum about you for if once they lay hands on him and the Case be as he says you will be trobeled with him for you know how M.r VanDam has ben sarved with [illegible] so that you cannot be to carefull - about him and cep him home as mutch as posable in the meantime I will inquire further in the matter and shall advise you by the first opertunity or as soon as [I] know the certainty, said Cardle is since maryed on Long Island, and put in preason for £150 starling
His Excellency has adjourned the Assembly till the first Thursday in May -
I shall not ad saving my & spouse & [illegible] our Dutys In Generale to yr self & mother & sarvis to acquaintance & take leave to Remaine
S:r yr Effd. sunn &
most Humble sarve
Cors: Vhorne

[address leaf]
Robert Livingston Esqr
Att the manner
Wt. Care Livingston

31 March 1724
Sir Van Horne to his from
N. York of 10 instant

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