Manour Livingston [New York]: April 18, 1783.
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"I have just receiv'd Information from Mr. Westly, father in law to Mr McDugale, that his farm and furniture have been seized ... He entered into an agreement to purchase that farm from me in the year 1779 but never has performed a little of his Contract & consequently has no title. He has besides been supplied by my overseer with sundry articles of which I have no account & there is a claim laid in to some of their sheep as belonging to his wife's relations. I believe all that belongs to him will do little more than pay a reasonable Rent for the farm ... All I request is that no advantage may be taken of my Distance from the place, and that you will be pleased to furnish me with a state of the Demand & the proceedings."
An active member of the Revolutionary generation, James Duane (1733-1797) served as a delegate to the Continental Congress, New York state senator, post-colonial mayor of New York city, and the first U.S. Federal District Judge from New York. He was also one of the founders of the New York Manumission Society, which sought to abolish slavery in the state, as was this letter's recipient, Robert Troup (1754-1832). A lawyer and land agent, Troup was college roomate, friend, and advisor of Alexander Hamilton.
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