When Gilbert Livingston bought this book, he was already sixty years old. But it was
his youngest brother, Robert Henry, who was to die two years later at the age of forty-four.
Gilbert, himself, died two years after that.
Medicine and general science were topics of interest to the Livingstons, with Henry's son
Charles becoming a doctor, and
Henry sending him advice on herbs and cures. Henry, himself, published a piece on the use of tobacco to
revive a drowning victim.