Removed from office by Queen Anne, the former Governor of the Provinces of New York and New Jersey claims he didn't do anything wrongRichard Ingoldsby Rare Autograph Letter Signed "Rich: Ingoldsby," 1.5 pages, 8" x 12.5", front and verso. New York, July 17, 1710. Integral leaf addressed "To his Grace ye Duke of Ormond/In Whithall." Richard Ingoldsby was acting Governor of New York (July 26, 1691-August 30, 1692) following the death of Gov. Henry Sloughter and Governor of New York (May 9, 1709-April 10, 1710), succeeding John, Lord Lovelace (1708-1709). Queen Anne reigned from 1702-1714. Original spelling. In full, "The many Extraordinary favors wch I have received from yor grace makes this opportunity by the Earl of Clarendon to acknowledge the same hoping I may deserve the continuance of thereof. Chiefly Since I by under her Majestys displeasure and know not for what, but I have received the Queen's letter for ye revoaking of my commissions as Liuetennant Governor of these Provinces, Since, I am Informed that my Lady Lovelace was pleased to charge me to ye Queene with ill usages towards her and several other irregularities ye which I am ignorant of and beg your Grace will Inquire of my Lord Clarendon about my behavior therein, which makes me begg yor Grace favor to obtaine her Majestys directions thereto inquire into the truth of those allegations which beforehand I may sincerely assure your grace I never gave the least ground for, as it is the hardest case for an ould servant of ye Crowne to lye under his Queene and mistresses displeasure thorough meer misrepresentation, I must desire again yt your Grace will be pleased to procure me the meanes of clearing myself thereof, which I am sure to doe provided the matters be reported faithfully to her Majesty, there are some acts gon home which was passed in the Jersey and where they have given me mony since the death of Lord Lovelace for ye support of government, I hope your Grace will give a helpe towards that bill passing or I am undone for I have been at a great charge in attending to assemblies in ye too provinces Especially when the Intended Expedition was going forward against Canada, nor have I received one penny of Sallery from Either provinces this five years, I have warrants signed by my Lord Cornbury for nere Eight hundred pounds due for my Sallery but the Country did not raise any mony at that time for the support of ye government, I humbly beg ye greaves pardon for the liberty I have taken and beg leave to subscribe my selfe. May it please yor Grace. Ye Graces Most Dutifull & most Obedient Humble Servt." A small 0.5" x 3.75" portion is missing at the lower edge where the letter meets the integral address leaf. The letter has been expertly strengthened. Numbers 403-406 have been stamped at the head of each page. Minor soiling does not affect legibility.
Lord Cornbury, also known as the Earl of Clarendon and Lord Clarendon, was Governor of New York and New Jersey from 1701-1708 and was succeeded by John Lovelace, On May 6, 1709, Lord Lovelace died and Lieutenant-Governor Ingoldsby became acting Governor. Lewis Morris, as New Jersey's senior councilor claimed that by virtue of his position, he was entitled to succeed Lovelace. Ingoldsby promptly suspended Morris from the Council. In 1738, Morris. first lord of the manor of Morrisania, became the first Governor of New Jersey after it was separated from New York. Ingoldsby administered the government for eleven months amid complaints of his subjects concerning high taxes and his mismanagement of a land and sea invasion of French Canada (expected British forces never arrived). In September and October 1709, his commission as Lieutenant Governor of New York and New Jersey was revoked. When the news reached America, he was removed and on April 10, 1710, Gerardus Beekman, President of the Council, became acting Governor. Important early colonial documents rarely appear on the market. Ex. Henry E. Luhrs Collection.
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