Series 1: Correspondence

1 box

This collection is stored at Firestone Library.

Requests will be delivered to Manuscripts Division, RBSC Reading Room .

Collection Creator: Houston, William Churchill, ca. 1746-1788..

Dates: 1771-1785.

Extent: 1 box

Languages: English.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.


This series consists of correspondence related to Houston's position as receiver of Continental taxes in New Jersey. The bulk of the correspondence is with Michael Hillegas, the Treasurer of the United States, and Robert Morris, the Superintendent of Finance who appointed Houston to the position. The correspondence with Hillegas concerns warrants, receipts, debts, and bills, all issued during the procedure of tax collection in New Jersey. The correspondence with Morris documents the gathering war expenses, the state of supplies and provisions, the conditions of ports and trade, the process of collecting taxes, dealings between the states of New Jersey and New York and Congress, and the printing and issuing of bank notes and the problem of counterfeiting.


The series is grouped by correspondent and the documents are arranged chronologically.

Preferred Citation

Series 1: Correspondence; 1771-1785; William Churchill Houston Papers, Manuscripts Division, Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, Princeton University Library.

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    Title Date Container
    Hillegas, Michael: Drafts 1782-1784 Box 1 Folder 1
    Hillegas, Michael: Letters 1782-1784 Box 1 Folder 2
    Morris, Robert: Drafts 1782-1784 Box 1 Folder 3
    Morris, Robert: Letters 1782-1784 Box 1 Folder 4
    Miscellaneous 1771-1785 Box 1 Folder 5

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