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Livingston, William to Robert Livingston, Jr. re: challenging claims to ownership of the Manor

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03107.02830 Author/Creator: Livingston, William Place Written: New York, New York Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 1751/11/25 Pagination: 3p. + addr. 31.1 x 21.6 cm

Summary of Content: William expresses his regret that Robert, Jr. is "disturbed in the possession" of his estate, and states: "If I had Leisure to assume the Moralist, I might here observe on the Inquietude of mortal Life, & the constant Flux and Mutability of sublunary happiness. Let it suffice it to say that Providence hath wisely ordered a perpetual vicissitude in human affairs, to prevent our too great Attachment to the world . . . & to remind us that true & substantial Happiness is not to be acquired on this side the grave-."Docketed on address leaf.

Background Information: Signer of the U.S. Constitution.


Historical Era: Colonization and Settlement, 1585-1763

Subjects: ReligionPhilosophyBoundary or Property Dispute

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