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Lawrence, Catharine (fl. 1775-1782) to Robert Livingston, Jr. re: plea for shelter during dangerous times

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03107.03327 Author/Creator: Lawrence, Catharine (fl. 1775-1782) Place Written: New York, New York Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 1775/08/31 Pagination: 1p. + docket 20.5 x 16.2 cm

Robert, Jr.'s sister begs him to grant her some shelter and safety during such dangerous times, and also adds: "The Almightly God is omnipresent here & there his Goodness was great when greap shott went hissing thro the Air like the sound of sky Rockets over our heads & not one of our Lives lost."

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