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Hill, Henry, 1778-1841
Henry Hill Collection
Manuscripts Division
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1 box and 0.2 linear feet
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  • ReCAP (scarcpxm): Box 1


Consists of a file of nineteeth-century correspondence and documents primarily relating to Henry Hill's commission as United States consul in Salvador, Brazil.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of a file of correspondence and documents primarily relating to Hill's commission as United States consul in Salvador, Brazil. The first letter in the file, dated 3 May 1808 and signed by Secretary of State James Madison, offers the appointment. Subsequent letters and documents contain details about Hill's consular instructions and duties during his tenure in Brazil, including his vellum passport, dated 7 March 1809 and signed by President Madison. There are also printed circulars from the Department of State regarding the consular uniform and expenditures on the Public Account, and a statement of Hill's account summarizing his official expenses (1808-1815). Other correspondents include Daniel Brent, John Graham, and Stephen Pleasonton.


The documents are arranged chronologically.

Collection Creator Biography:

Hill, Henry, 1778-1841

Henry Hill was born in Guilford, Connecticut, on 4 July 1778. In 1808 he was appointed by President Thomas Jefferson as U.S. Consul to the port of Salvador (Bahia), Brazil. He served until 1815, when he resigned because of failing health, and moved to a large plantation, Columbiano, some distance from Bahia. He and his family lived there for fourteen years before returning to the United States in 1833. Hill resided in Buffalo, New York, until his death on 24 July 1841.

Collection History


This file of correspondence and documents was a gift of Wilder L. Stratton, Princeton Class of 1908, on June 17, 1952 .


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

Folder inventory added by Nicholas Williams '2015 in 2012.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. To cite or publish quotations that fall within Fair Use, as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission is required. For instances beyond Fair Use, it is the responsibility of the researcher to determine whether any permissions related to copyright, privacy, publicity, or any other rights are necessary for their intended use of the Library's materials, and to obtain all required permissions from any existing rights holders, if they have not already done so. Princeton University Library's Special Collections does not charge any permission or use fees for the publication of images of materials from our collections, nor does it require researchers to obtain its permission for said use. The department does request that its collections be properly cited and images credited. More detailed information can be found on the Copyright, Credit and Citations Guidelines page on our website. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us through the Ask Us! form.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

Credit this material:

Henry Hill Collection; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Storage Note:
  • ReCAP (scarcpxm): Box 1