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Livingston, Robert (1654-1728) to Governor Bradstreet re: French and Indian encounters on the frontiers

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03107.00172 Author/Creator: Livingston, Robert (1654-1728) Place Written: New London, Connecticut Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 1690/06/07 Pagination: 3p. + docket 30 x 20.2 cm

Summary of Content: Livingston writes of his regrets for the capture of the settlement at Cascoe Bay by the French and their Indian allies, and his belief of a need to "Subdue Canada." He then mentions writing to the Government at Albany in an effort to discover the strength and readiness of the men assembled of the Iroquois five nations, and an outbreak of Small Pox in the Albany area. He also writes of the take over of the government of New York (by Jacob Leisler, whom Livingston only mentions). Page three is a copy of the letter written by Livingston to Capt. Nicholson, the Lieutenant Governor of Virginia, in which Livingston discusses Jacob Milborne, John de Brandt and Johannes Proovost (three of Leisler's co-conspirators, in Livingston's view), and Jacob Leisler's new powers in New York.

People: Bradstreet, Simon, d. 1697
Livingston, Robert, 1654-1728
Leisler, Jacob, 1640-1691

Historical Era: Colonization and Settlement, 1585-1763

Subjects: EpidemicDiseaseMedical HistoryAmerican Indian HistoryFranceMilitary HistoryCanadaGovernment and CivicsMilitiaHealth and MedicalSmallpoxRebellionPolitics

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