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Livingston, Peter Robert to Robert Livingston, Jr. re: defending Philip, (1716-1778) Livingston

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03107.03198 Author/Creator: Livingston, Peter Robert Place Written: New York, New York Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 1769/04/24 Pagination: 1p. + docket 32.6 x 20.8 cm

Peter Robert congratulates his father on getting 25 freeholders to sign a petition defending Philip (1716-1778) Livingston's right to represent the Manor of Livingston in the New York legislature. He states that the opposition has no real authority, and believes that the people will soon stand up against their arbitrary policies as "Ignorance cannot long blind the People."

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