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Collection Reference Number GLC03107.01828
From Archive Folder The Livingston Family Papers [012] 1686 
Title Conditional release of a tract of land to King James II
Date 20 July 1686
Author Livingston, Robert (1654-1728)  
Document Type Land transaction document
Content Description During his term as Governor of the province of New York, Thomas Dongan purchased a tract of land called Saratoga from the Mohawk Indians, and then released it to a number of Dutch and English men, among them Robert Livingston, in the form of a land patent on 4 November 1684. In the document, Robert Livingston states that there is a creek in his territory where Indians come to fish, and he notes that it would make a convenient settlement for the Christian Indians of Canada, and would also open up the opportunity to trade with these Indians. Livingston therefore releases the tract of land to King James of England, on the condition that the Christian Indians of Canada are brought to settle there for the purpose of improving trade between the English and the Indians. However, the release will become null and void if the land is not used in the designated manner. P.4 is written in a different hand, and discusses whether the land is intended for public or private use. Docket reads: "20 July 186 My Release to the King Expired & null."
Subjects American Indian History  Mohawk Indian  Religion  Land Transaction  Immigration and Migration  Canada  Global History and Civics  Merchants and Trade  Commerce  Contract  Law  Government and Civics  
People Livingston, Robert (1654-1728)  Dongan, Thomas (1634-1715)  James II, King of Great Britain (1633-1701)  
Theme Native Americans; Government & Politics; Merchants & Commerce; Religion
Sub-collection The Livingston Family Papers
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859