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    William Livingston Autograph Letter Signed "Wil: Livingston," one page, 6" x 7.75". Trenton, November 30, 1784. Integral leaf addressed by him to his wife, "Mrs. Susanna Livingston/Elizabeth Town," with a letter to their grandson, Peter Jay. In full, "I hope that you have received the letter that I sent you in answer to yours; & I long very much to have another one from you. I think it is time for Babcock to cover the Rhasberries [sic] & Strawberry beds with salt hay. The cabbages along the north west fence of the garden I would not have taken up, but to remain there all winter, as it is a warm place, & they will keep better there than in the cellar. I hope you keep close to your latin; & that is about a year hence, you will be able to write me a letter in that language. I am my dear little overseer, your affectionate grand father." William Livingston, a signer of the Constitution, was a member of the Continental Congress from July 23, 1774, to June 22, 1776, when he left to command the New Jersey Militia; he had been commissioned a brigadier general in 1775. Livingston was Governor of New Jersey from August 31, 1776 until his death in 1790. He married Susanna Franch in 1745. In 1774, their daughter Sarah married future Chief Justice John Jay. When John Jay left on his mission to Spain in 1779, his wife went with him, leaving their only child, three-year-old Peter Augustus Jay (1776-1843), in the care of her parents, Governor and Mrs. William Livingston. The Jays had returned from Europe in the summer of 1784, just a few months before this letter was written, with two sisters for Peter who was now eight-years-old. Folds with tanning along the lower edge. Seal tear hole on the integral leaf. In fine condition.

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