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Livingston, Philip to Robert Livingston re: pear thieves

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03107.01686 Author/Creator: Livingston, Philip Place Written: Albany, New York Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 1725/09/06 Pagination: 2p. + addr. 32.3 x 20.6 cm

Summary of Content: Philip congratulates his father on finding a pear thief on his property, and urges him to punish the thief severely in order to set an example. He also discusses the fur trade, and the need to work more with the Indians. Docketed on address leaf.

People: Livingston, Robert, 1654-1728

Historical Era: Colonization and Settlement, 1585-1763

Subjects: American Indian HistoryAgriculture and Animal HusbandryDiet and nutritionCrimeCriminals and OutlawsLawFur TradeMerchants and TradeCommerceFinance

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