Gertrude Thomas
Witness Letters



2015 East 40th St
Feb 26th (17

Well Nellie darling - At last I have come to the answering of your dear letter with its many questions - a number of which I fear I cannot answer - but I shall dash right into the middle of the business at hand.

Question no 1. "Has any one a picture of Henry Livingston's old home at Locust Grove?

Answer - I have never seen one - nor heard that there was one.

Question 2. How old was your Uncle when he heard his father read the poem - his age and the year as near as possible. When it was written/read - and date he was born."

My uncle was born in 1794 - but I have no idea how old he was when it was read. I imagine he may have been ten or twelve years old.

Question 3d. The name of the paper in which it was published etc.

It was a Poughkeepsie paper - whether named "The Eagle" at that time I do not know.

4. Will you look among your papers and letters and see if you have any other poems of G. GrandDad of any kind?

Answer. I have nothing dearie that would be of the least use to you - in fact - I do not know where to lay my hand upon anything.

5. Date Major Livingston was born.

Ans. I think he was born in 1749 - but Will Thomas plans to show you his records and if he does you can see for yourself.

I do not know what year the poem was written.

Grandfather Livingston married for his second wife "Jane Patterson" who I am sure was a charming little creature. The first Sunday after their marriage - they were very properly - going to church. The family coach was at the door, with its short span of bays, - and the family coachman in his well-brushed livery - on the driver's seat.

Down stairs tripped the bonnie Bride all redy for a Start - dressed - according to the fashion of the day - in a Scarlet cloak with white velvet hat and feathers.

Her husband very plainly and gravely dressed met her in the hall - and looked at her with admiring but disapproving eyes - and said - don't you think dearie - you are too gaily dressed for Church?

NO! she replied - You always liked my style of dress before our marriage when it was just as gay - Why object to it now? I am goiing to church with you - and dressed in just this way!

After this decided reply, what did Major Henry Livingston do but retire to his room - don his embroidered waistcoat - his shoes with paste buckles - and his fine blue cloak with gold buttons.

When the Bride and groom stepped into the carriage - the old colored coachman looked very proud and happy - and started his Bays on a quick trot - to cover the two miles between Locust Grove and the Village of Poughkeepsie.

So you see - "woman's rights" even in that early day.-

This Grandfather is your Great Great Grandfather. I have never seen the lovely verses you speak of - written after the death of his

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