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Livingston, Peter Robert to Robert Livingston, Jr. re: defending Philip, (1716-1778) Livingston

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03107.03201 Author/Creator: Livingston, Peter Robert Place Written: New York, New York Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 1769/05/15 Pagination: 3p. + docket 23.2 x 18.8 cm

Summary of Content: Peter Robert explains that a new writ stating the Manor's right for representation has just come before the Assembly, and he believes that DeLancey and Phillips "found to their great sorry that the Mannor had a greater right to send a Member than any of the Counties and that should they call the right of the Mannor in Question they would Call their own Seats in question therefore made a meritt of Necessity-." Peter Robert enclosed the writ with his letter, and hopes that it will pass the election without any more questionable interferences on the part of the opposition.

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Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Subjects: Government and CivicsPoliticsPetitionElectionLaw

Sub Era: Road to Revolution

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