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December 13, 1698


Livingston, William

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Letter from William Livingston to his brother dated 13 December 1698 Dear Brother / I have yours of the 20th September last, from New York; it came to hand with the / printed narrative of the five Indian nations then treating with the E of Bellamont your Governour / under cover of Mr. Hacksham e/y 28th Nov'r for wh I am much obliged to you ; it was in May / last I sent to Mr. Hachsham an attestation under e/y hand and seal of our magistrate of your / being a native of this country, but had no accompt from him what use he made of it. I did then / writt t/y I had purposed to procure r/y coat of arms and e/y Lyon Herald's warrantand your / birth brief and desyred to know if he had effects of yours t/y I might draw for about 7 or 8 [L] / that I found it would cost -- but had no answer, so have foreborn it hitherto -- but have prepared / it so far -- that I find you are e/y son of Mr. John, whose father was Mr. Alex'r, his father was / Robert who was killed at Linkie-field An. 1547 and was brother german to Alexander, Lord / Livingston, their father and William the fourth Lord Livingston, and eight of e/y House of / Callendar, he was married to ______ Hopburn, daughter to Sir Patrick Hopburn. of / [N]aughteum, so that your propper coat to be given you is this enclosed, which is thus / emblazoned, viz'd Quarterly1st and 4th argent three Gilliflowers, Gules slipped propper within a / double trefine, flore umber, flore vert -- the name of Livingston 2nd Quartered first and last gules / a chifron argent, a role between two lyons counter rampand of the field -- 2nd and 3rd argent -- / three martletts and the name of Hopburn if [N]aughteum -- 3rd Quarter sable a bend betwixt six / billets or, the name Callender. Your livie is green faced up with whytt and Red, and green and whyte / fragments -- I would -- caused cut you a seal with their coat of armes, having one James / Clark a very honest man who is graver to our mint house here and the most dexterous in that art / but could not get a steel block to cut upon. / There is a great alteration among us, My sister Jennet dyed in August 1696 -- our / brother in law Mr. Russell came home in August --97 and ws very sicklie, he dyed in Novermber / after without leaving any Testament of his will, so that his only son James is left as low as ny of / his daughters, two of them were married in his own tyme, but neither with his nor my sister's / good likeing but they refused to submit and accordingly were but meanly provided -- the three / sisters t/y were yet unmarried did choose James Dimlip and me curators, but have not take our / counsell upon their marriages, their great lockers have made them a prey-- He left towards 10 / thousand pounds sterling-- but in such confusion t/y there will be little credit by it at all, -- shall / writt more at length-- this I send with some letters from my brother direct to Mr. Hacksham--- / my interi love to your second self and yr dear children and to Nephew Robert tell him to writt to / me -- I am your / loving and most affectionate / brother / Will'm Livingston / I hae written to a friend in Linlithgow and to David Pameson, and spoke in full to send/ attestations of what you desyre, over to the people you direct, express thereof to yourself

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