Scope and arrangement
The William Livingston Papers, 1775-1782, are William Livingston (1722-1782), papers relating to his position as governor of New Jersey and a member of the First and Second Continental Congresses.
The paper consists of incoming letters and documents to William Livingston, 1775-1782, from constituents, colleagues, noted political and social figures. (7 volumes). Volumes are labelled "Correspondence" and there is a chronological index available. Correspondents include: Elias Boudinot, William C. Houston, Samuel Huntington, Henry B. Livingston and Tench Tilghman.
Letters, 1777-1778, is a transcript of Livingston's letters to the New Jersey Gazette, under the pseudonym "Hortentius" on events of the American Revolution (1 volume).
Cost books, 1749-1779, are the expenses of cases in which Livingston acted as counsel before the Supreme Court of New Jersey. (2 volumes).
Additions to the Livingston Papers are letterbooks, 1778-1779, which are first drafts of more than four hundred letters from Livingston to notables such as John Jay, Henry Laurens, Robert Morris, Jonathan Trumball and George Washington. There are also personal letters to his wife and 43 gubernatorial messages to the New Jersey Assembly (2 volumes). The transcripts are typed copies of most of the items in the letterbooks.