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Livingston, Gilbert to Robert Livingston re: request to purchase a slave

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03107.00937 Author/Creator: Livingston, Gilbert Place Written: Kingston, New York Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 1712/08/23 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Gilbert discusses some matters regarding trade, and then asks that his father purchase him a slave.


Historical Era: Colonization and Settlement, 1585-1763

Keywords/Subjects: Merchants and Trade, Commerce, Finance, Slavery, Children and Family, African American History

Sub Era: Slavery