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Riggs, John to Robert Livingston re: news of Pirates and a "plague"

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03107.00515 Author/Creator: Riggs, John Place Written: [New York, New York] Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 1699/09/23 Pagination: 1p. + addr.+docket 32.3 x 21.3 cm

Summary of Content: Riggs writes to Livingston discussing a "great sickness at Philledelphe . . . above three hundred ded" and an action taken by Pirates by capturing a ship. Docketed on address leaf.

Full Transcript: New York, 23 September 1699
Sir-
Wee have not any newse from abrode, but of the greatt sicknes at Philledelphe which Contineus [sic] Ten dayes agoe there was above three hundred ded ...in the pleage [plague], and that there dyes 8 or 9 in a daye, I presume you have had of Fredericks shipe being taken by the Pirats, neare Cape pebels, being plenty well pilledge the Most is since com in to boston with, hire, at boston the saye [all] Mony is received att home, but wee must be the last Must know itt, I hope itt is [true], the man of [illegible] is to bee oure [illegible], but what Russells every one, is to know why Lift Miner is to bee Made sherife, hee was named by ordr Last Councell daye, his Lordshipe hass beene kind to mee in words but as Capt Hide said that will [illegible] no [Hasnips], My humble dutye to Mad: Livingston wth all the famylie to Coll Scheyler and all frends I am
Sir y[our] Most humble servant to Command
John Riggs
Coll byard is not yet come to [illegible]
[docket]
[Boston] 1699 Leiut John Riggs letter fr Nyork
[address]
To The Hon Robertt Levingston [sic] Esqr one of his Majest Councell men att Albanye
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Historical Era: Colonization and Settlement, 1585-1763

Subjects: PiratesPrivateeringMaritimeHealth and MedicalDeathDiseaseYellow Fever

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