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Livingston, Henry (1753-1823) to Robert Livingston, Jr. re: mounting tension in New York

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03107.03343 Author/Creator: Livingston, Henry (1753-1823) Place Written: New York, New York Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 1776/03/26 Pagination: 2p. 31.7 x 20.5 cm

Summary of Content: Henry writes that he has just returned to New York, only to find it in disarray. "[O]n our arrival here we found this City in a most disagreeable state, in every street, their is a Barrier erected, to prevent the landing of troops, people moving out of the town very fast, hourly is expected . . . all the men far and near that can be procured-." Docketed on verso.


Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Subjects: RefugeesMilitary HistoryRevolutionary WarGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyGlobal History and US Foreign Policy

Sub Era: The War for Independence

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