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Livingston, Philip to Robert Livingston, Jr. re: death in the family

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03107.02602 Author/Creator: Livingston, Philip Place Written: Albany, New York Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 1740/09/05 Pagination: 3p. + addr. 32.6 x 20.4 cm

Summary of Content: Philip sends his condolences for the death of Robert, Jr.'s cousin Johnie; and devotes most of the letter to describing trading plans and instructions. He also notes that a French war seem inevitable, and encourages Robert, Jr. and his brother Philip to assist him in erecting an iron works, which will give them some financial security during troubling times.


Historical Era: Colonization and Settlement, 1585-1763

Subjects: Military HistoryChildren and FamilyDeathMerchants and TradeCommerceFranceBuilding ConstructionIndustryFinanceGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyMining

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