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Livingston, Robert Cambridge to Robert Livingston, Jr. re: advice for a more tranquil life

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03107.03558 Author/Creator: Livingston, Robert Cambridge Place Written: New York, New York Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 1784/09/15 Pagination: 3p. + addr. 32.7 x 20.2 cm

Summary of Content: "I observe you are surrounded with difficulties which disconcert and ruffle your disposition. . . . They are incident to ev'ry undertaking of magnitude and must be expected by those conducting them till the nature and disposition of men are altered. . . . When men therefore engage in a multiplicity of momentuous undertakings they Barter their ease and tranquility for the Chance of acquireing wealth. . . . Peace tranquility and Ease, accompanied by affluence & splendor, are pleading for your acceptance on the one side; while Toil, Fatigue, Anxiety, vexation & disappointment are threatening on the other - why then hesitate for a moment in your choice!" Docketed on address leaf.


Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: Mental HealthPhilosophy

Sub Era: Creating a New Government

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