From Robert R. Livingston
New York 10th Jany 1793
I do myself the honor to transmit you a copy of the first part of the proceedings of the society for the promotion of agriculture arts & manufactures in this State.1 Tho this first essay may contain little information that will appear new to you yet I am persuaded that you will not see with indifference any attempt for the improvement of agriculture since its interests are closely connected with the prosperity of the country & distinguished by your patronage & attention.2 I have the honor to be Sir with the highest respect & essteem Your Most Obt Hum: Servt
Robt R. Livingston
ALS, PHi: Gratz Collection; ALS (photocopy), DLC:GW, ser. 9.
1. A copy of part 1 of the Transactions of the Society, Instituted in the State of New-York, for the Promotion of Agriculture, Arts, and Manufactures (New York, 1792) was in GW’s library at Mount Vernon at the time of his death (see Griffin, Boston Athenæum Washington Collection, description begins Appleton P.C. Griffin, comp. A Catalogue of the Washington Collection in the Boston Athenæum. Cambridge, Mass., 1897. description ends 149).
2. On 10 Feb. 1793 GW wrote Livingston from Philadelphia: “It was not ‘till the 8th instt that I had the pleasure to receive your letter of the 10th Ulto, with a copy of the first part of the proceedings of the Society for the promotion of Agriculture, arts & Manufactures in the State of New York, which accompanied it.
“While I beg you to accept my best thanks for your politeness in sending me this book, I, with pleasure, bestow the tribute of praise that is due to the patiriotic characters who have instituted & supported So useful a society.
“Convinced as I am that the prosperity of our Country is closely connected with our improvement in the useful arts, I sincerely rejoice to find another establishment, calculated to promote its best interests, added to those truly valuable ones which before existed. I pray you to make a tender of my best respects to Mrs [Mary Stevens] Levingston—and to your good Mother [Margaret Beekman Livingston] & family at the mannor when you See them—in which Mrs Washington cordially unite” (ALS, NHi; Df, in Tobias Lear’s hand, DNA: RG 59, Miscellaneous Letters; LB DLC:GW).