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Livingston, John R. (1755-1851) to Robert Livingston, Jr. re: plea for payment of debt

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03107.03398 Author/Creator: Livingston, John R. (1755-1851) Place Written: Boston, Massachusetts Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 1781/03/06 Pagination: 1p. + addr. 32.6 x 20.4 cm

John R. asks his cousin to pay him for some gun powder he purchased nearly 2 years ago. He apologizes for being forced into a dispute with someone he holds in such high regard, but explains that the difficulty of the times have made it absolutely necessary for him to settle this account immediately. Docketed on address leaf.

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