Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Schuyler Livingston, 25 February 1803

From Schuyler Livingston

Friday Morg [25 Feb. 1803]


Presuming that the Convention with Spain will be carried into effect and understanding that Commissioners are to be appointed to adjust the Claims for Spoliations &c—I take the liberty to signify to you, that the appointment of a Commissioner would be agreeable to me—For any Information which the President may require, I beg leave to refer to the Republican part of the Delegation from New York.

I am with high Consideration yr. very obd. Servt.

Schuyler Livingston

RC (DNA: RG 59, LAR); partially dated; endorsed by TJ as received 25 Feb. and so recorded in SJL; also endorsed by TJ: “to be Commr. to Spain.”

Peter Schuyler Livingston (1772–1809), son of Walter and Cornelia Schuyler Livingston, was born at the upper Livingston Manor in New York. He graduated from Columbia College in 1788 and from Yale a year later. In 1796, he married Eliza Barclay, the daughter of Thomas and Susanna DeLancey Barclay. Eliza’s father, a loyalist during the American Revolution, was serving as British consul at New York. Livingston had an office on Greenwich Street, first as an attorney and then as a merchant, and resided in Harlem, New York. In early 1801, Burr had recommended him for the consulship at Madeira (Cuyler Reynolds, comp., Genealogical and Family History of Southern New York and the Hudson River Valley, 3 vols. [New York, 1914], 3:1316; Dexter, Yale, 4:645–6; Alfred F. Young, The Democratic Republicans of New York: The Origins, 1763–1797 [Chapel Hill, 1967], 8, 25, 71; Longworth’s American Almanac, New-York Register, and City-Directory, for the Twenty-Eighth Year of American Independence [New York, 1803], 197; Longworth’s American Almanack, New-York Register, and City Directory. For the Thirtieth Year of American Independence [New York, 1805], 300; New York Republican Watch-Tower, 11 July 1809; Madison, Papers, Sec. of State Ser., 3:613n; Vol. 33:666).

commissioners are to be appointed: see Joseph H. Nicholson to TJ, 19 Nov. 1802.

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