Lot #95
Robert R. Livingston Autograph Letter Signed

Rare handwritten letter from 'The Chancellor' to John Armstrong, Jr.— "I would not change my situation with any emperor or King in Europe"
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Estimate: $1500+

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Rare handwritten letter from 'The Chancellor' to John Armstrong, Jr.— "I would not change my situation with any emperor or King in Europe"

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, 8.5 x 10.5, December 1, 1810. Handwritten letter to "Gen'l John Armstrong," upon his return from his post as minister to France. In part: "I should have written to congratulate you on your safe return had I not been in daily expectation of seeing you here…I have not learned whether you intend to reside among us, as I much hope, or as I have heard intimated that you only intend to grant one scene of political warfare for another. Of the two Paris or Washington I think I should have preferred the first as more peaceable, & less turbulent. But you are young enough, & brave enough to face the storm, & I hope will be able to weather in either clime…from the candor of politics & party disputes there I would not change my situation with any emperor or King in Europe & I feel grateful to those who are willing to take the helm." In very good to fine condition, with a small puncture to the first letter of the signature, and a bit of loss to one corner and to the integral address leaf.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Fine Autograph and Artifacts, Ft. Science & Tech
  • Dates: #622 - Ended December 08, 2021





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