Lot #166
Robert R. Livingston Autograph Letter Signed

The 'Chancellor' trades six lambs for a new dethatcher
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Estimate: $500+


The 'Chancellor' trades six lambs for a new dethatcher

Lawyer, politician, and diplomat from New York (1746-1813) known as 'The Chancellor,' who was one of the five original drafters of the Declaration of Independence. He later served as US minister to France, negotiating the Louisiana Purchase in 1803. ALS signed “Rob. R. Livingston,” one page both sides, 7.25 x 9, April 8, 1792. Letter to the Reverend Vanderkemp, in part: "I am much obliged by your offer to supply me with a scarificator having hitherto had very little confidence in the various new modelled instruments of husbandry, supposing that every thing useful might be effected by the plough, harrow, & roller. I have not furnished myself with a scarificator—if however you are satisfied that it is a useful implement I will with pleasure receive yours—in exchange for six Lambs but as they will not at the time you mention be fit to drive without their dams it will be best to let you take three ewes & three ewe Lambs. I have none that are black not of any better breed than that you already possess…Be pleased Sir to present Mrs. Livingston's comps. & mine to Mrs. Vanderkemp." Addressed on the integral leaf in Livingston's hand, and retains his red wax seal. In fine condition, with some light staining, and seal-related paper loss to the integral address leaf.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Fine Autograph and Artifacts, Ft. Art and Literature
  • Dates: #610 - Ended June 16, 2021

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