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Livingston, Robert (1718-1775) Memorial to John Earl of Dunmore Captain General & Governor in Chief of New York

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03107.03250 Author/Creator: Livingston, Robert (1718-1775) Place Written: [s.l.] Type: Manuscript Date: 1770/12/17 Pagination: 2p. 31.4 x 18.8 cm

Summary of Content: Robert Livingston [(1718-1775)] explains that as a member of New York's Supreme Court, he is entitled to sit in the General Assembly and vote on issues of great significance. However, he explains that Mr. Colden denied him this privelege, which is a great outrage as "a vote of the House could not have the Validity of a Law nor the officers of the Crown be excluded without the concurrence of the other Branches of the Legislature." Robert therefore petitions the Governor to correct this wrong, and compel the General Assembly to seat representatives from different legislative offices.

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Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Subjects: JudiciaryPoliticsElectionGovernment and CivicsPetition

Sub Era: Road to Revolution

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