Lot 186: ALS signed "Phil. Livingston," three pages on two adjoining sheets, 7.5 x 10, November 28, 1767. Letter to Philadelphia merchants Messrs Baynton, Wharton & Morgan. In part: "The first Accounts of that Affair gave me great Concern, not on my own Acco:t but for you & your families any man of the least Humanity Cannot help feeling on such Occasions. It gives me real pleasure to find you are still of Opinion that after paying all your debts, something handsome will be left & heartily & Sincerely wish it may prove so. You are most undoubtedly mistaken in telling Mr. Hicks that you had no concern with Mr. VerPlank. The kettles I bo:t of him for your Acco:t & on your Credit Entirely & I did not mean to charge you any Comm:s on the same…but you insisted on it and then I did charge it…A Comm:s of 2 1/2 per cent would hardly tempt me to buy goods payable at a distant period and to insure the debt…There can be no reason assigned why I should pay the money out of my pocket, not having had any view in the whole transaction but to serve your interest." An account at the end of the letter records the goods involved in the dispute, including "2 Casks Raw Brass Indian Kettles" and "A Parcell of Wire for Ditto." Some small repaired edge separations to intersecting folds, some circular stains from the seal, and a few areas of repaired paper loss to the last page (affecting a couple words), otherwise fine condition.
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Wednesday, 13th January 2016
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