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Livingston, William to Robert Livingston re: news of William's family

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03107.00514 Author/Creator: Livingston, William Place Written: Edinburgh, [Scotland] Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 1699/10/09 Pagination: 2 p. + addr.+docket 37.5 x 23.4 cm

Summary of Content: Andrew Livingston, oldest son of William, joined an Indian Company and was captured. William describes his understanding of this event, and requests that Livingston do all within his power to regain the freedom of his nephew. Andrew's brother James became a sailor, and William requests that Robert write to James that he should write to his father. William writes also of his daughters and grandchildren, and of the families of their (William and Robert) sisters. Docketed on address leaf.

People: Livingston, Robert, 1654-1728

Historical Era: Colonization and Settlement, 1585-1763

Subjects: American Indian HistoryGenealogyChildren and FamilyMilitary HistoryPrisonerPrisoner of WarNavyGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyLatin and South AmericaGlobal History and US Foreign Policy

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