Borland, John (1660-1727) to Philip Livingston
Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03107.02402
Author/Creator: Borland, John (1660-1727)
Place Written: Boston, Massachusetts
Type: Autograph letter signed
Date: 14 April 1712
Pagination: 1p. : address : docket ; 31.3 x 20 cm
Summary of Content: Borland writes that he is saddened by news of a ”such a villannous Murther by ye Negros and Indians att York.” Docketed on address leaf.
People: Livingston, Philip, 1686-1749.
Historical Era: Colonization and Settlement, 1585-1763
Full Transcript: Mr phillip LivingstonBoston 14th: April 1712, , Sr. I received yors of ye 9th [illegible] out with the Inclosed two five pounds Bills for which [I] have Credit[e]d your accott & Shall take dew Care to send you those things as you desire I was att [illegible] & gave your Respects & desired they are all [illegible] & much Concerned for ye full accott of such a villanous Murther by ye Negros Indians att York as are many of our people or all yt hear It I am Glad yourself & my [illegible] acquaintance escaped. from Leut Crorbalt I was acquainted wth & Sorry for I am with fonder Regards, , Sr yor very humble Servtt, John Borland, , [address leaf] , For Mr, Phillip Livingston, Mucht abt, Albanny, To the Case of Mr, Phillip Schuyler, B 12d mucht, Att, New York, [docket] , 22.th april 1712, a Letter of Mr. Borland
Keywords/Subjects: American Indian History;, African American History;, Slavery;, Death;, Crime;, Criminals and Outlaws;
Sub Era: Slavery
Background: This letter was written in the aftermath of a deadly slave revolt in New York City on April 6, 1712. The uprising led to the deaths of nine whites, while six others were wounded. Twenty-seven slaves were soon captured. Of these, six committed suicide. The rest were executed, some by being burned alive. Stricter slave laws were passed in the wake of the revolt, but they did not stop another slave uprising in New York in 1741. John Borland (1660?-1727) was a merchant from Boston. Philip Livingston (1686-1749) was born in Albany. Upon the death of his father, Robert Livingston the Elder, he became the Secretary of Indian Affairs, as well as the second Lord of Livingston Manor. He was a member of the New York Provincial Council for most of his life.Order Image