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President Jackson's Secretary of State writes letter discussing financial matters, signs name in black ink
Manuscript letter signed: "Edward Livingston" as New York Congressman. 1½ pages, 6½x8¼. New York, 1790 August 29. To John Reade, Esq., Red Hook. Financial letter. In part: "Since my last to you I have had another Conversation with Mr Watts and find him averse to giving up the ten years Interest he offers to abate it for one half the period...Be kind enough to inform me of your determination when these Offers on the points to which you object. If you or Mr H Livingston could find time to come down and conclude the business it would expedite the conclusion...." JOHN READE was married to Catharine Livingston, one of HENRY and Edward's cousins. EDWARD LIVINGSTON (1764-1836), younger brother of Robert R. Livingston, who swore in George Washington as 1st U.S. President in 1789, was Congressman from New York (1795-1801) and Mayor of New York City (1801-1803). He moved to New Orleans, Louisiana, in 1804 and served on General Jackson's staff at the Battle of New Orleans in 1815. Elected to Congress from Louisiana, Livingston served in the House (1823-1829) and the U.S. Senate (1829-1831) and became President Jackson's Secretary of State (1831-1833) and later U.S. Minister to France (1833-1835) Integral address leaf. Fragile. Soiled and stained. Worn. Torn edges. Worm holes affect 5 words of text. Folds, not at signature. Lightly creased. Vertical tear at top margin area touches 3 words of text on signature side (but all intact). Otherwise, fine condition.

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Born: May 28, 1764 in Clermont, Province of New York
Died: May 23, 1836 in Rhinebeck, New York

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