Duchess County Historical Society Yearbook 1921
DCHS YB 1921, Vol. 6
A Packet of Old Letters
Gilbert, Jr., John and Samuel Livingson, sons of Gilbert Livingston of Kingston, were all young lads when they went to sea and had spent none too much time in school. The sons of their brother, Henry, at Poughkeepsie had better educational advantages, as is shown by 2 letters written by the Rev. Chauncey Graham.
Mr. Graham, a New Englander, was pastor for some thirty years of the English-speaking
Presbyterian congregation at Brinckerhoffville, Dutchess County, and conducted there a school
also. Judged by his evident intelligence, his interest in good books and his desire
for his pupils' improvement in the rudiments of grammar and Latin, it is clear
that Mr. Graham's acquirements were superior to the Dutchess County average and that
the sons of Henry Livingston were in good hands.
Henry Livingston Esqr in Poghkeepsie
I've Sent you your Son and hope he will be ready fro a Return by the 25th of this Instatnt May and in
the Mean Time pray that he may exercise himself in his Accidence, to review it and I don't
care how much he writes, tho he will easily make a Writer-- I should be
glad you could send to New York for Beza's Latin Testament, & a Jersey College Latin
Grammar, both to be had at Mr. Parkers the Printers -- for he has lost his Latin Grammar.
-- I design Next Week for New England, God Willing, and hope to be ready for my School
again by the Time appointed--
I've Sent you up your Tragedies, that
I borrowed, for which I heartily thank you. I've also Sent you to peruse the piece you
Desired about the Church of England--
I might add did not Time forbid,
but Concluding with proper Regards to your self and Spouse from me and mine, I remain your
Sincere Friend, most obedient and Very humble Servt
Rumbout May 2. 1752.
To Henry Livingston Esqr at Poughkeepsie. pr your Children.
I Send you the Courses of my Land--
Mr DuBois and I have each of us drawn a plan of the Land and found it fell short of Sixty
Acres, which we have rectified, and I have a plan of it: So that I need not trouble
Mr. Livingston to draw a plan please to draw the Deed as Soon as may be with Convenience.
Consideration 5[pounds] or 10[pounds] pounds: a Deed of Gift, the Land warranted in the fullest maner to me
&c for ever, without any Exception-- I have sent you the Consideration on the paper enclosed upon
which the Land was given, and if the form is legal please to insert in the Deed as it
Stands; but if the form is not Legal, express the Things Contained in a Legal form.
I would by all means have it drawn unexceptionable, So that there never may be a flaw
picked in it afterwards-- please to draw it on good parchment-- and send back the courses with the
Deed-- the Contents are (allowing Two Acres & 33 perches for the Road) 60 Acres , 2 Roods, 3 Perches--
as may appear on the enclosed Paper under the Courses-- it must be dated Feb. 1. 1749/50
My Parents from New England
being with us, Salute your Self and Spouse, In which my wife and I heartily concur.
I am Hond. Sr, in the greatest Haste
Your humble Servant To Command
I send pr your
Children a Deed
from father Van Wyck
May 3d. 1755.
Hope the Children will play Sufficiently in their fortnight assigned please to send the Courses
of Mr Isaac Adriances Land for which you wrote the Lease & Release of 49. 1/2 Acres--
Mr. Graham speaks of loaning Henry Livingston a book treating of the Church of England, a subject
which may have interested them about that time because of public discussion of the affairs
of Kings (now Columbia) College, New York. William Livingston (supposedly identical
with William Livingston, "the Presbyterian lawyer" so called, who was Governor of
New Jersey 1776-1790) wrote the following undated
but able and feeling protest to his
cousin at Poughkeepsie in regard to ecclesiastical and collegiate questions.