Our Collection

At the Institute’s core is the Gilder Lehrman Collection, one of the great archives in American history. More than 70,000 items cover five hundred years of American history, from Columbus’s 1493 letter describing the New World to soldiers’ letters from World War II and Vietnam. Explore primary sources, visit exhibitions in person or online, or bring your class on a field trip.

Livingston, Robert (1688-1775) to Robert Livingston re: 5 Nations' mischief in Virginia

High-resolution images are available to schools and libraries via subscription to American History, 1493-1943. Check to see if your school or library already has a subscription. Or click here for more information. You may also order a pdf of the image from us here.

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03107.02125 Author/Creator: Livingston, Robert (1688-1775) Place Written: New York, New York Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 1717/06/13 Pagination: 1p. + addr. + dock 20.6 x 16.4 cm

Robert writes that he sends this letter per Capt. Smith, the Agent of Virginia, who has informed him of the mischief wrought by the 5 Nations in that colony. He also notes that some pirates took Smith and held him in Sandy Hook for some time, and there is fear that ships sent from England will meet with a similar fate.

Order a CopyCitation Guidelines for Online Resources