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Livingston, Philip J. to Robert Livingston, Jr. re: decision to move to Dutchess County

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03107.03229 Author/Creator: Livingston, Philip J. Place Written: New York, New York Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 1770/01/25 Pagination: 3p. + addr. 23 x 18.6 cm

Summary of Content: Robert, Jr.'s nephew Philip J. Livingston writes that he will be moving to Dutchess County from New York City, and explains "My Reasons for this proposed change of settlement arise from the great Decline of Business in our Profession in the City, owing as well to the Badness of the Times, as to the Increasing Number of attornies, who if not shortly restrained as to Numbers, will overrun the whole Province." He mentions Red Hook as a possible place of settlement, and asks Robert, Jr. if he thinks it a good place to make a decent living. Docketed on address leaf.


Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Subjects: Immigration and MigrationLawEconomicsFinance

Sub Era: Road to Revolution

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