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Livingston, Robert R. (1746-1813) to George Clinton

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC04772.04 Author/Creator: Livingston, Robert R. (1746-1813) Place Written: New York, New York Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 19 March 1794 Pagination: 3 p. : address : docket ; 22.6 x 18.7 cm.

Summary of Content: Written by Chancellor Livingston to New York Governor Clinton. Encloses petition at the request of Dr. Robinson (not included). Mentions seeing Clinton's family. Mentions political controversy involving himself and William P. Van Ness. It involves the unpopular removal of someone from office (the name cannot be deciphered - Benthingsen?) Wants Clinton to clarify the situation for him. Says Egbert Benson is going to come forward with the story for the newspapers and wants to be able to meet it. Wants to know if Clinton recollects him ever recommending the person. If he or other members of the council can confirm he never recommended him, asks that a certificate saying that be sent. Hopes Clinton will come forward and announce his support of fortifying New York City because "the Idea of its being antifederal to defend yourself is laughed at by all parties." Says Pennsylvania has not only fortified, but has raised troops without any objections. Says the Republicans of Philadelphia were to have a great meeting yesterday of 3000 people. Claims the Senate has begun discussing a law precluding privateers from port and voiding the sales of prizes. Says it was "a curious time for such a measure, when it was moved to strike out the clause the house divided equally (tho Burr was here) & the V.P. gave the ... vote in favor of the clause." Says to send any correspondence to Clermont, where he will be next week. Red wax seal is extent.

Background Information:

People: Livingston, Robert R., 1746-1813

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: PoliticsGovernment and CivicsPetitionJournalismLetter of Introduction or RecommendationNational SecurityFortificationMilitary HistoryRecruitmentRepublican PartyCongressPrivateeringMaritimeCommerceMerchants and TradeLawVice President

Sub Era: The Early Republic

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