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Livingston, William to unknown re: sale of a slave, who would be fit for "waiting on a gentleman"

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC04842.10 Author/Creator: Livingston, William Place Written: Elizabeth Town, [New Jersey] Type: Autograph letter signed Date: November 21, 1774 Pagination: 1 p. 20.7 x 16.5 cm + 1 engraving ; b&w ; 11.4 x 8.6 cm

Summary of Content: Livingston writes that he parts with the slave who was temperate and good natured because "while I lived in New York he would be abroad at nights after the Family was a bed, & we could never find by which avenue he went or return'd...." Livingston also mentions that he wants "a good field negro in his room" and the man was better fit "for the purpose of waiting on a Gentleman." He asked 90 pounds. One bust engraving of Livingston included.

Background Information: Signer of the U.S. Constitution.


Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Subjects: SlaveryAfrican American HistorySlave Sale

Sub Era: Road to Revolution

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