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DeWitt, Peter (fl. 1764-1769) to Robert Livingston, Jr. re: assistance given to Jacob van Deusen

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03107.03017 Author/Creator: DeWitt, Peter (fl. 1764-1769) Place Written: Witts Mount, New York Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 1764/07/21 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: DeWitt writes that he has taken steps to help Jacob van Deusen with his debt, and thus keep him out of jail. He also notes that trade has been slow, and states "What will become of us poor North Americans is a Mystery to me." Docketed on address leaf.


Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Keywords/Subjects: Merchants and Trade, Commerce, Economics, Finance, Debt, Law

Sub Era: Road to Revolution