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Printed broadside, 1p. folio, [Albany] Nov. 6, 1792, titled "EXTRACTS From the Journal of the Senate of the state of New-York, relative to the claim of John Livingston, Esq. to a seat in the Senate as a member thereof from the Eastern District...". The lengthy text reads in small part: "...Mr. Jones, one of the members of the joint committee appointed to canvass and estimate the votes taken at the last election in this state for Governor, Lieutenant Governor and Senators, produced a protest against the determination of the major part of the said joint committee; signed Samuel Jones, Isaac Roosevelt and Leonard Gansevoort". The broadside reproduces the various motions and negotiations over Livingston's disputed seat finally resolving : "...the proceedings of the bar of the committee, and now attending it is improper, absurd and derogatory to the privileges of the senate, and destructive to the sacred right of suffrage, to which the people of this state, are constitutionally entitled, to decide that the said John Livingston ought to take his seat as a member of the senate until a full and fair investi[gation] said committee and of this senate involve questions of the highest importance to the right of suffrage; to the end therefore, that the good people of this state may be fully informed of the conduct of their servants in this senate...". The Livingstons were one of the most prominent families in both colonial and post-revolutionary New York. Some marginal tears, trimmed at top margin, else very good.
Estimate $ 300-400

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