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    Robert Livingston Autograph Letter Signed to his brother concerning personal matters with some discussion of, possibly, the expedition against the Onondagas tribe. Three pages, 7.5" x 12.5", May 2, 1779. In part: "Dear Brother. . . It is now necessary to convince you that I have not forgot you and to . . . you of thanks for your remembrance of me testified by your two letters which I have rec'd. . . Which is the first thing of any moment done by our ships this war and may possibly have serious consequences in Georgia where by this time the . . . must be hardly. . . if the southern men have as much spirit in deed as in word. You have heard of Van. . .expedition. . . the bandages it was a clever little. . . by Schuyler and I think may by. . . of the hostages it has given us for the good behavior of the Indians be improved into the means of . . . with them at least it must delay their operations. I hardly know whether to advise you to proceed further in the sale of lands. . . ."

    At the beginning of the Revolutionary War, the Onondagas were neutral, but after one of their main villages was attacked by Americans in April 1779, they began siding with the British. Livingston, from New York, was a member of the Committee of Five that drafted the Declaration of Independence. He never had a chance to sign the document, however, because he was recalled by New York before the final version was finished. He later administered the oath of office to George Washington from New York City at the beginning of his first term as president, making Washington the only president to have taken the oath in that city. Toned and chipped. A 1.5" x 1" section has been separated from the right margin; the section is still available. Some separation at the folds. Page three has two small sections missing, one on the left margin and one on the right, though no text is missing. Near fine.

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