To Susanna Livingston1
Philadelphia Decr 29
I am mortified My Dear Miss Livingston that you should have had to write to me2 on the subject of your Certificates. Of all delinquencies, those towards the Ladies I think the most inexcusable. And hold myself bound by all the laws of chivalry to make the most ample reparation in any mode you shall prescribe. You will of course recollect that I am a married man!
The Certificates have been delayed through the misapprehension of one of my Clerks. They went immediately after you committed them to my care through all the forms of the Treasury; preparatory to a transfer to the Books of Maryland; and do not admit of being reinstated on the Books of New York ’till after a similar process. They are inclosed.
With much esteem & regard Yr. true friend & Obed ser
Miss Susan Livingston
ALS, Columbia University Libraries.
1. Susanna Livingston was the daughter of William Livingston, who was governor of New Jersey from 1776 until his death in 1790. At this time she was living in Baltimore with her sister, Catherine Livingston Ridley, widow of Matthew Ridley.
2. Letter not found.