Thursday, January 15, 2015
From Our Fellow Bloggers: How Robert Livingston stole Crailo and turned it into a fortune
When we explain how Robert Livingston the 1st Lord got possession of the original 160,000 acres that became Livingston Manor, we usually do it like this: He purchased 2,600 acres of land in two pieces. When he went to get it made into a patent (which required the governor's signature), there was a "slip of the pen," and the land in between the two pieces magically became his too, making his new total around 160,000.
"What was the slip of the pen?" people always want to know. "Was there a back-room deal?" Finally, historian Geoff Benton has an idea and it's deliciously scandalous: