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Philip Livingston wrote from New York, New York to Susan Kean in Elizabethtown, New Jersey. Livingston informed Susan that he received the Chancellor’s Order to touch the money. After some difficulties with Brown’s agent, Livingston brought the matter to a crisis and threatened to take the land at his bid at the auction unless Brown’s agent paid in cash to the Master in Chancery. Brown offered a mixture of cash and notes and Livingston consented. The Chancellor did not order him in full interest on the debt, but Livingston’s counsel advised him that when the Chancellor came to town, he would be able to obtain it. Livingston accepted Bills of Exchange from LeRoy & Bayard that were drawn by young Wallace and Moses from India payable in London. Livingston mentioned their ship and cargo were fully insured and he expected the cargo to be valuable. With regard to Susan’s money, Livingston was unsure how to advise her and suggested she either put interest upon good security or purchase Bank Stocks. Livingston enquired about Peter’s lot in Philadelphia and Morris’s Land Company to Le Roy and others and he was unable to get information.

People mentioned: Robert Morris (1734-1806), Herman Le Roy (1758-1841), William Bayard Jr. (1761-1826)


Philip Peter Livingston (1740-1810)


Susan Kean, formerly Susan Livingston and later Susan Ursin Niemcewicz (1759-1833)

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New York New York


Liberty Hall Collection, 1711-1847 (bulk 1790-1830)

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Bay 1, Column 1, LHC Series 2


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Philip Livingston to Susan Livingston, January 15, 1799


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