Pagination: 1 p. : address : docket ; 32.3 x 20.8 cm. + 1 engraving ; col. ; 19.6 x 15.6
Summary of Content: Forwards an affidavit and other documents (not included), mentions his expectation that news of the American victory at Yorktown has reached London, and sends personal news related to a smallpox epidemic. One bust engraving of Robert Livingston included.
Full Transcript: Trenton 7 Feby 1782, , Dear Sir, , Your Favour [sic] of the 4 current I received yesterday. The affidavit to ground the attachment is filed, and the Roll and Execution recorded and now employed. I have fortunately met with Mr. Stylis who promises to take Charge of this Letter for you. The one directed to Mr. Boudinot will thank you to put in a way of reaching him safely; it contains copy of a Rule of Court for which he has written pressingly. , , I have nothing to write you in the way of news. The Returns from Europe, as the news of the Captured at York-Town shall have reached London, will probably me from the Eastward, and reach you before us. , , Yours of the 2 inst I received the next Day, for which please to accept my Thanks. Mrs. Houston is well and our two little Folks have got safely and easily through the smallpox, which has razed with unusual severity here for some Time past. , , I am, dear Sir, Your very obed. hble Servant, WC Houston, , P.S. In the Hurry of Business I had like to have overlooked your memorandum on the Back of the Letter. The Copy of the Rule is enclosed. , , WCH
Background: William Houston was a New Jersey politician and professor at Princeton who had served in the Continental Congress., Robert Morris, a Pennsylvania merchant and politician, had served in the Continental Congress and, at this letter’s writing, was the national superintendent of finance.