Henry Livingston, Jr.
Henry Livingston's Letters


I wish your influential men would accomodate navigable water to communicate with Lake Michigan, & to the Wabash as forming a water line with the Erie. Our great western canal is progressing rapidly & steadily-- No doubt is entertained of its entire completion in 3 more seasons added to the present. The expense besure is great, but a great state undoubtedly looks it in the face. Could you in 3 or 4 years carry your Illinois or Wabash to the lake, old as I am I might in my own barge come to your very door & bid you good morning. I am an old man & probably may be too visionary. Mr. Kane & you are young and will live to see great events.1



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2 May 1752 Rev. Chauncey Graham Henry Sr. DCHS Henry's son sent home from school for vacation
3 May 1755 Rev. Chauncey Graham Henry Sr. DCHS Requests Henry draw a map for him
Undated William Livingston Henry Sr. DCHS Proposed Episcopal college for New York
20 Mar 1770 Gilbert Livingston (brother) Henry NYPL Henry was with Uncle Beekman for winter, but river now open
30 Dec 1773 Henry Sally Welles (1st wife) TC Happy Christmas; love; her sisters
8 Feb 1774 Henry Sally Welles (1st wife) ISA fear of Sally's death; does she love him
2 Aug 1775 Gilbert (brother) Henry NYHS Bunker Hill; got Henry commission as Major of 3rd NY
19 Aug 1775 Henry Colonel James Clinton AL birth of baby; unit wants own doctor
22 Oct 1775 Henry Colonel James Clinton TC Col. Easton may command unit to Montreal
9 Sep 1775 Henry Sally Welles (1st wife) ISA love; first poem to baby Catharine
26 Jan 1778 Rev. J.H. Livingston (brother) Henry Livingston, Sr. (father) TC death of Henry Jr.'s son
12 Oct 1784 Henry John R. Livingston x sympathy on death of John's wife
24 Dec 1789 Egbert Benson Henry NYPL as Commissioner of Sequestration
2 May 1802 Henry Henry Welles Livingston (son) TC Mamma; surveying; give love to stepmother and siblings
19 Oct 1809 Henry Welles (son) Henry NYPL Papa; Mama; moving to new law office in Utica; financial
30 Mar 1811 Henry Someone at Manor NYHS Interferring in Thorn's marriage after being asked by Judge Glen
9 Sep 1813 Henry Welles (son) Henry NYPL Papa; mama; on way to Boston; will come back thru Hartford; miss you
19 Feb 1814 Arthur Breese (son-in-law) Henry NYPL death of Henry's daughter - TBD
21 Jul 1814 Arthur Breese (son-in-law) Henry NYPL Henry thinking of sending Sidney to Union, Arthur suggests Hamilton; Henry had complained of arthritis; cleaning up debts of Henry Welles who died
19 Feb 1814 Sarah Breese (gdaughter) Henry NYPL death of Henry's daughter - TBD
30 Aug 1815 Arthur Breese (son-in-law) Henry NYPL x - TBD
3 Sep 1815 Charles Livingston (son) Jane Patterson Livingston NYHS Arthur Breese seems depressed; traveling w Sam Breese to Sackett's Harbour
31 May 1817 Jos Howland Henry NYPL Turnpike - Henry wants to be supervisor of Turnpike
2 May 1818 Abraham Mesier Henry NYPL surveying job
28 Jan 1819 Henry Sidney Breese (gson) ISA Grandpapa; Grandmama; hears Sidney moving from Ohio to Illinois
13 Jun 1819 Henry Sidney Breese (gson) ISA papa; America; questions about Illinois
24 Jul 1819 Henry Hoffman NYSA Astor survey
30 Jul 1819 Charles Livingston (son) Henry NYHS describes trip as far as Pittsburgh
20 Aug 1819 Henry Sidney Breese (gson) ISA G.mama; son Charles joining Sidney; West Point cadets; questions re Illinois
4 Sep 1819 Charles Livingston (son) Henry NYHS Papa; describes arriving at Kaskaskia, the area and his rosy prospects; wants Henry to send on his NY Spectator
22 Nov 1819 Henry Sidney Breese (gson) ISA Grand-mamma; many more questions re Illinois
19 Aug 181x Samuel Livingston Breese (gson) Henry NYPL x - TBD
27 Jan 1820 Henry Sidney Breese (gson) ISA Papa; advice on being a lawyer; more questions re Illinois
19 Apr 1820 Arthur Breese (son-in-law) Henry NYPL Mama; Legislature reduced his salary by $1000/yr
23 Jun 1820 Charles Livingston (son) Henry NYHS can't send money now; noticed Edwin not admitted as attorney; Betts scandal
2 Jul 1820 Henry Sidney Breese (gson) ISA mamma; Grandmamma; Erie Canal; get married! build in brick
22 Aug 1820 Charles Livingston (son) Henry NYHS Ma; in Kaskaskia; need to repay father; hard times make hard to collect $3000; earns $10-30/day
22 Oct 1820 Jane Patterson Livingston Charles Livingston (son) NYHS Grandma; Papa; Eliza is spending winter 1820/21 with Uncle Brown's family
6 Nov 1820 Charles Livingston (son) Henry NYHS Mama; dissolved partnership w Dr. Betts; needs more medicine shipped via New Orleans; Sid moving to Vandalia
27 Jan 1821 Henry Sidney Breese (gson) ISA Grandmamma; more questions; sleighing; too old for politics
15 Aug 1821 Sidney Breese (gson) Henry NYPL G. Papa; how to make soil bricks; Indian execution
27 May 1821 Henry Sidney Breese (gson) ISA don't move to Florida; farm news; soil brick questions
5 Oct 1821 Barent Bleecker Lansing
(gson-in-law)
Henry NYPL Dividends on Oneida Factory Stock; tax on hill property
27 Nov 1821 Henry Wm Kimble NYHS doesn't need to borrow money
13 Jan 1822 Henry Sidney Breese (gson) ISA Papa; love, family news; questions; dau Jane describes debate; Edwin was on trip to Utica
23 Jan 1822 Sidney Breese (grandson) Helen (daughter) NYPL G. Papa; Papa's; Henry and Helen visited Utica; Sidney won't be back for at least 5 years; Helen told Charles about "young lady", must be Eliza; brother Arthur is there
13 Jun 1822 Arthur Breese (son-in-law) Henry NYPL Mama; news of harvest and family
17 Sep 1822 Charles Livingston (son) Henry NYHS Not getting on w Sidney; Edwin about to join him.
23 Jul 1823 Edwin Livingston (son) Henry NYHS letter from Charles
14 Sep 1823 Jane Livingston (daughter) Edwin (son) NYPL Mama; Papa; adores the church; stopped teaching Sunday school; Edwin gone for 2 years
28 Mar 1824 Henry Mary Paterson (sister-in-law) NYPL read in his NY paper that Mary's last surviving sister died
26 Oct 1824 Charles Livingston (son) Henry NYHS leaving Kaskaskia for Sandusky in the spring, maybe by way of New Orleans and New York
Sep 1825 Sarah Breese (gdaughter) Henry NYPL Mama; tells of children; reverse used for political poem
25 Aug 1826 Henry Charles P. Livingston (son) NYPL mamma; love and family news; dreams of canal expansion; questions
25 May 1827 Henry Charles P. Livingston (son) NYPL Grandmamma; congrats on birth of dau; farm news; Astor lawsuit
3 Sep 1827 Henry Charles P. Livingston (son) NYPL Mamma; son's wife's grandmother died; we could move to be near you
21 Dec 1827 Henry Charles P. Livingston (son) NYPL Papa; lawsuit; caught cold; questions; family news from sister Susan
1841-3 Jane (daughter) Elizabeth (daughter) NYPL visiting Catharine Schenck Slossen (1st cousin) in Troy, and "Mrs. S and my self sallied out to make calls on the numerous relatives"
4 Mar 1879 Elizabeth Livingston Thompson Lansing Anne Livingston Goodrich (half great-grand niece) TC it was supposed in her family that her father wrote the poem; her brother found the original after her father's death


AL Adriance Library, Poughkeepsie
DCHS Dutchess County Historical Society Yearbook, Poughkeepsie
ISA Illinois State Archives
NYHS New York Historical Society
NYPL New York Public Library
TC Thomas Collection





        
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