DescriptionLivermore Family Archive consisting of eleven letters spanning 1763 to 1843. The majority of the letters are written by Congressman Arthur Livermore of New Hampshire. Arthur was the son of Samuel (himself a Senator from New Hampshire) and Jane Livermore. His brother Edward was a member of the House for the State of Massachusetts. Arthur's son Edward was a member of the Episcopal clergy, as was his son, Arthur. Varied topics include slavery, religion, and travel.
Arthur Livermore Autograph Letter Signed. Two pages, 7.75" x 12.75", City of Washington, February 1, 1817, to his wife concerning the meeting of Congress, of which he was a member of the House. Of the slaves, he writes: "We are all served here by Slaves for Slavery is cherished here in the same cradle with liberty and one thinks but little of the condition of the other. The slaves make good Servants in Families and seem as happy as their Masters." Weakened folds separating in places with no paper loss.
Arthur Livermore Autograph Letter Signed with free frank. Three pages, 8" x 9.5", Washington, January 17, 1818, to his wife. The letter is full of pleasantries and asks for news regarding "domestic affairs." Of the slaves, he says:
"I gave the black boy who makes my fire nine pence when I went out this morning and on my return I found the room to [sic] hot that I could not live in it. On asking him why he made such a fire he smiled & said - There is not too much fire. I can make a better fire than that and tomorow [sic] I will make one a good again if you tell me to - Such is the gratitude of one of those unhappy persons whom the wickedness of Christians dooms to be Slaves. I gave him another ninepence and grieved that I could not make him free."
Livermore was giving the franking privilege as a member of Congress. Staining along weakened folds that have begun to separate with minimal loss of paper.
Autograph Letter Signed by an unknown author. Three and one-half pages, 8" x 9.75", Haverhill, March 19, 1839, to the Reverend Edward Livermore. The author, perhaps a sister of Edward's, discusses such topics as the proper duties of a Christian woman, where she states: "I doubt I shall never be a very exemplary churchwoman - according to your strict ideas of submission"; local politics; and the latest novels: "I sent Louisa last week a new book - 'Oliver Twist' by Mr. Dickens, the author of Pickwick. One of the most powerfully written and pathetic tales I almost ever read." She continues: "You are commendable in recanting about [Thomas] Carlyle. His essays are very beautifully - and what is better very sincerely and truthfully - and whole heartedly written." Light stains; paper loss on page three with some loss of text.
Also: Arthur Livermore, et al. Autograph Letter Signed containing five separate letters (from their father, mother, and brother) for the Rev. Edward Livermore and his sister, Louisa. Four pages, 7.5" x 12.5", postmarked from Plymouth, New Hampshire, February 12, 1843. The letters are in regard to the invitation and possible move of Edward and Louisa to a new parish in Bellow Falls. Toned; triangular hole in the middle of the main vertical fold. Paper loss at the right edge of page three where red was seal was attached. [and:] Arthur Livermore Autograph Letter Signed to his wife with free frank. One page, 7.75" x 9.75", Washington City, March 22, 1824. Livermore was giving the franking privilege as a member of Congress. Weakened folds separating at places with no loss of paper. [and:] George Livermore Autograph Letter Signed. Four pages, 8" x 10", Portsmouth, November 4, 1832, to his brother, Edward, who is studying at Dartmouth College. George writes that all is well with those at home and with himself, despite his ill health. [and:] S. Livermore Autograph Letter Signed. One page, 8" x 9.75", Philadelphia, April 22, 1794, to his sister regarding his health and a book about yellow fever that he had mailed her. Weakened folds separating at the intersections, but no loss of text. [and:] George Livermore Autograph Letter Signed. Four pages, 8" x 10", Portsmouth, December 9, 1832, to his brother Edward at Dartmouth College, regarding a voyage from home which has lasted one month and information regarding family which he visited. Small hole on page three that has resulted in minimal loss of text; paper loss also to the right edge of the same page. Soiling throughout. [and:] Jane Livermore Autograph Letter Signed. Two pages, 6.25" x 7.5", n. p., July 15, 1765, to Elizabeth Rogers. In the letter, Jane expresses her loneliness at the absence of her sister, who lives away from home. She writes: "No one can Love and Esteem a sister more then [sic] I do you and wish it was my Good fortian [sic] to be Plased [sic] near you whare [sic] I mite injoy [sic] the Pleasure of your Good Company every day. I shall depend on your Promis [sic] to Come again this summer and that you will stay longer...I cant [sic] describe how dull and Lonesume [sic] I was after you Left me I could do nothing but go about as if I Expected to find you in Sume [sic] Part of the house." Scattered foxing; weakened folds with some separation, but no loss of paper. [and:] Jane Livermore Autograph Letter Signed. One page, 7.5" x 9.5", n. p., April 25, 1763, to her sister, Elizabeth Rogers. Jane is expressing her regret that Elizabeth and her husband have had "trobel [sic]." She goes on to say that her "dear George...departed this Life the 25 of March and is now I hope a happy angle [sic] in heaven." Foxing along smoothed folds. [and:] Arthur Livermore Autograph Letter Signed. One page, 8" x 10", Washington, February 5, 1823, to his wife regarding his arrival in the city. He goes on to talk briefly about the room he has and the company he is sharing. Folds; some chipping along the left edge.
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