Letter from Aaron Burr to John Reade of Red Hook, 1793. DCHS de La Vergne Collection.
N York 29 Nov. 93
Mr. Bostwick has shown me your letter relative to the Bond for which he has so often applied, and to which I believe has now a good right. If you will be pleased to submit the Bond to my care, I will dispose of it in such way as will be safe & proper.
From James H. Smithâ€™s History of Dutchess County, 1882: â€œJohn Reade was the owner of the land and point now in possession of Johnston Livingston, known as Reade Hoek; and from this circumstance the town of Red Hook took its name.â€ John Reade was the son of Hon. Joseph Reade, member of Kingâ€™s Council. He married Catherine Livingston, who was daughter of Robert Gilbert Livingston and Catherine MacPheadris.