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Letter from Robert R. Livingston


A Letter from Robert R˙ Livingston, Esq˙, was read and filed, and is in the words following, to wit:

"Claremont, February 3,1776.

"SIR: I had the honour of your letter, with your polite condolence on the death of my father, and am extremely obliged by your favourable mention of him. As his life was a continued endeavour to deserve the good opinion of his country, so the most grateful offering to his memory is the commendation of free and good men.

"The sentiments you are pleased to express of me, require my most grateful acknowledgments, and will, I hope, animate me to merit your approbation — a reward adequate to the worthiest actions.

"My brother John has finished the powder-mill, and will be obliged to you for procuring him the necessary materials, to render it as useful as I wish it to be.

"I am, sir, yours and the Committee' s most obedient servant,


"To Pierre Van Cortlandt, Esq˙, Chairman of the Committee of Safety, New-York."