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Livingston, John (1714-1786) to Robert Livingston, Jr. re: happiness over the restoration of peace

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03107.03493 Author/Creator: Livingston, John (1714-1786) Place Written: New York, New York Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 1783/05/10 Pagination: 3p. + addr. 22.7 x 18.8 cm

"With Pleasure I now embrace this opportunity to congratulate you on the Restoration of Peace in America and sincerely wish it may be happy and Permanent, nothing is wanted here under the smiles of a Kind Providence, but unanimity & industry; while we Possess the best Cuntry under heaven's canopy." John also discusses some trading issues. Docketed on address leaf.

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