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Guide to the James Alexander Houston Incoming correspondence, 1845-1849
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Box 1, Folder 1

Henry Morris, Washington D.C., to James A. Houston (JAH), in care of the New York Herald.1843 Apr.

Scope and Content Note

Please accept more money. The amount enclosed is according to Mr. "S's" orders. Sent to JAH with assurance that Mr.Bennett would see that JAH received the letter.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Morris, Henry
Bennett,[James Gordon]
New York Herald
Box 1, Folder 2

William [Inche ?], New York, to JAH in care of N.Y. Herald office1845 Feb. 3

Scope and Content Note

Inche, a friend, asks JAH to find him a job. He is at the Alms House, Bellevue, N.Y.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Inche, William
New York Herald
Box 1, Folder 3

[J. A. Houston?]1845 Dec. 19

Scope and Content Note

Partial note

Subjects and Indexing Terms

[J.A Houston ?]
Box 1, Folder 4

Henry [Thompson?] to JAH1846 July 10

Scope and Content Note

He will prepare remarks on "Graduation Bill" for the Union.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

[Thompson?], Henry
The Union
Box 1, Folder 5

J. C. Houston,Ballymena, Ireland, to JAH1846, July 23

Scope and Content Note

Mixed longhand and shorthand pertaining to family matters.
Added note in unknown hand "Dr J A Houston had three brothers, John Clarke, Gareth, [both} clergymen, Robert, was a Captain of Marines, U.S. Navy. [JAh] had one sister, Eliza Jane.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Houston, J. C.
Box 1, Folder 6

W. Hunt, House of Representatives, to JAH1847 Feb. 4

Scope and Content Note

Testimonial to JAH's transcription ability.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Hunt, W.
House of Reprentatives
Box 1, Folder 7

C. J. Ingersole, House of Representatives, to JAH.1847 Feb, 4

Scope and Content Note

Testimonial to JAH's transcription abililty
Added note in unknown hand says Ingersole was a U.S. Senator [U. S. Concressman ?} and former Governor of Connecticut.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Ingersole, C. J.
House of Reprsentatives
Box 1, Folder 8

M. S. Payne, Rep Hall, to JAH1847 Feb. 4

Scope and Content Note

Testimonial to JAH's transcription ability.
Added note in an unknown hand, 'Ohio.'

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Payne, M. S.
Box 1, Folder 9

George Aikman, House of Representatives, to JAH1847 Feb. 4

Scope and Content Note

Testimonial to JAh's transcrition ability.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Aikman, George
House of Representatives
Box 1, Folder 10

Ben E. Green, Wahington D. C., to JAH, as "Reporter for The Union"1847 Feb. 25

Scope and Content Note

Green understands JAH is being considered for shorthand reportial functions for the Senate, but calls JAH's attention to the mistakes in a recent transcription of his speech in the Union, relative to "Mr. Marks. Asks that they be corrected in tonight'sUnion or he will be obliged to tell the Senate that JAH is not to be depended on.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Green, Ben E.
The Union newspaper
Box 1, Folder 11

G. B. Bailey, Washington, D. C., to JAH1847 Mar. 28

Scope and Content Note

Instructs JA H to send a weekly letter/editorial to the Era.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Bailey, G. B.
The Era newspaper
Box 1, Folder 12

G. Bailey, Washington D. C., to JAH1847 April 16

Scope and Content Note

Commends JAH on his letters to the Era.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Bailey, G.
The Era
Box 1, Folder 13

R. C. Wetmore to JAH , Broadway [NY ?]1847 Apr. 21

Scope and Content Note

Please call for money due on charges for reporting the "Festival." Thanks very much.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Wetmore, R. C.
Box 1, Folder 14

G. Bailey, Washington, D. C., to JAH1847 Jun. 3

Scope and Content Note

Bailey is pleased with letter for the Era from JAH. How would JAH like to do a column for the Era ?

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Bailey, G
The Era newspaper
Box 1, Folder 15

J. Marshall, New York, to JAH1847 Jun 7

Scope and Content Note

The Graenfenberg Health Manual is delayed and will not be published until some later time.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Graefenberg Company, 50 Broadway, New York
Box 1, Folder 15

J. Marshall, New York, to JAH1847 Jun 7

Scope and Content Note

Qwing to a temporary misunderstanding we have to delay the publication of the Graefenberg Health Manual.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Marshall, J.
Graefenberg Company, 50 Broadway, New York
Graefenberg Heath Manual
Box 1, Folder 16

Clarke Houston, Ballybarkey, Ireland,to JAH, "Stenographer to U.S. Senate"1847 Aug. 24

Scope and Content Note

Clarke Houston [father of James Alexander Houston] writes of family matters. Also reccomends "Mr. Peake", and hopes JAH can be of service to Mr Peake.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Houston, Clarke
The Era newspaper
Box 1, Folder 18

Eliza Houston, Ballymena, Ireland, to JAH 1847 Aug 25

Scope and Content Note

Family matters
Added in unknown hand: " J's mother"

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Houston, Eliza
Box 1, Folder 19

Simon Harker, Liverpool, to JAH1847 Sept. 3

Scope and Content Note

Harker saw JAH's ad in The Union for a reporter for the next session of the U. S. Senate, and wants to apply. Cites his qualifications.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Harker, Simon
The Union newspaper
thr Liverpool Journal
Box 1, Folder 20

W.W. Veaho, Ballymena, Ireland, to JAH 1847 Sept. 3

Scope and Content Note

Asks JAH to help his son, Henry, if he comes to America.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Henry Veaho
Box 1, Folder 21

Thomas DeWitt, New York, to JAH1847 Oct. 30

Scope and Content Note

States that his sermon does not represent the discourse as delivered. Phraseaology is different. But h;e considers it well done in "full sketch."

Subjects and Indexing Terms

New York, settlement by Dutch, 1624.
Sermons in Dutch and in English.
Box 1, Folder 22

Prosper Wetmore, New York, to JAH1847 Dec. 13

Scope and Content Note

Wetmore says he is sorry not to have answered JAH's letter before. Is happy to be of service. Does not know what vacancies exist [in the Navy ?], but JAH can probably find out from the Navy Department.
Added note in unknown hand says Wetmore is the U.S. Navy agent for the Nicaragua Steamship Line.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Nicaragua Steamship Line
Box 1, Folder 23

John C. Fitzpatrick to JAH, "reporter to the U.S. Senate."1847 Dec. 24

Scope and Content Note

Fitzpatrick makes an index of the sessions of the Senate.for JAH. For a "consideration" he will make a copy for JAH
Box 1, Folder 24

W. L. Shuttleworth, Washington D. C. (U.S. Hotel), to JAH1848 Jan 8

Scope and Content Note

He is returning JAH's shawl.
Box 1, Folder 25

D. Pope.New York, to JAH.1848 Jan 15

Scope and Content Note

Discusses the cost of various papers in various amounts.
Box 1, Folder 26

Charles E. Ball to JAH1848 Jan. 20

Scope and Content Note

Salutation calls JAH "Bro. Houston." Writer sends JAH "rough sketch" of proceedings of Disrict 10, presumably for publication.
Box 1, Folder 27

John Clarke Houston, Newcastle-on-Tyne, to JAH1848 Feb. 16

Scope and Content Note

John Clarke Houston, JAH's brother, discusses family matters. Refers to "Joseph" and their brother, Robert. Mentions JAH is to visit them soon.
Box 1, Folder 28

Hon. James W. Bradbury to William Johnson.1848 March 9

Scope and Content Note

Writer wishes to know, from JAH, answers to questions on how many words he can write in a minute while "following a speaker," what amount of practic is needed to reach that level of proficiency, can a shorthand manuscript be used with the same facility as it it were written, and what are the comparative merits of stenography and phonography, and which does JAH use ?
Added note in unknown hand says that either James W. Bradbury [or Wm T. Johnson] is from Middlesex Connecticut, is a law reporter ( 1770 to 1848), and is on the Supreme Court.
Box 1, Folder 29

Mr [Steit ?] to JAH1848 March 22

Scope and Content Note

Testamonial to his ability evidenced in recent report.
Box 1, Folder 30

? , Cincinnatti, to JAH1848 Jun. 26

Scope and Content Note

Regrets JAH did not attend convention. "It has decided Ohio against Taylor." Slavery versus anti-slavery politics discussion.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Zachary Taylor
Martin Van Buren
Slavery
Anti-slavery
Ohio
Box 1, Folder 31

[Henry ?] O'Riellly,Washington, to JAH1848 Jul. 30

Scope and Content Note

Please accept the enclosed certificates.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Telegraph System
Box 1, Folder 32

G. B. Moss, Washington D.C. , to JAH at Brown's Hotel1848 Oct. 12

Scope and Content Note

Pleae arramge to buy writer the "London Encyclopedia (English edition)". Get it for $25 or less. Writer will send JAH a draft on H. O'Rielly.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Thomas Cowperthwaite, Philadelphia
Box 1, Folder 33

W. A. Kennedy, Washington, D. C., to JAH1848 Oct. 27

Scope and Content Note

Don't pay your recent foreman, "Wilkinson", as he is in debt to writer. He also appropriated money from "Laurens" also in JAH employee, and used it for his own use.
Box 1, Folder 34

G. Bailey, Washington D. C., to JAH1848 Nov.7

Scope and Content Note

Discussion of money owed and accounting matters.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

The Era newspaper
Box 1, Folder 35

Joseph W.Dennis, New York, to G. Bailey1848 Nov. 9

Scope and Content Note

Charged JAH for more bundles of papers that the man got from JAH
Box 1, Folder 36

S,.D. Figham, New Hope, to JAH, Washington D.C.1848 Nov 20

Scope and Content Note

Thank you for the U.S. Senate report.
Box 1, folder 37

David [ Sessions?], to JAH.1848 Nov. 24

Scope and Content Note

Am sending another manuscript.
Box 1, Folder 38

James W, Simonton, Washington, to JAH1848 Dec. 12

Scope and Content Note

Simonton reports that Mt. Rives says "Wheeler & Miles need no help until after the holidays. " Fowler & Leeds have no engagement." "The Union has contracted with M. Parkhurst of Boston." Simonton "has done his best to remove prejudice against you in Washington." He will dispose of JAH's thing from the Era office. He offers his services to JAH.
Added note in an unknown hand states Simonton is a noted newsman of the time.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Wheeler and Miles
Fowler and Leeds
M. Parkhurst
The Union newspaper
The Era newspaper
Box 1, Folder 39

Anthony [Bantery?]New York, to JAH1848 Dec. 14

Scope and Content Note

Writer will come late to New York Scottish Guard Ball.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

New York Scottish Guard
Box 1, Folder 40

G.B Moss, Washington, D. C., to JAH

Scope and Content Note

Writer is certain that their differences can be ironed out in an interview.
Box 1, Folder 41

James W. Simonton, Washinton, D. C., to JAH1848 Dec. 31

Scope and Content Note

All of JAH's books will be sent by express to New York. Writer will send accounts and disbursements. Please write if you are disposed to.
Box 1, Folder 42

G. Bailey, Washington D.C., to JAH[?,?] 1848

Scope and Content Note

A sheriff came to the office to attach JAH's things. Wilkinson had eloped with Henry's money, and is now in New York City , at Mckay, 120 Prince Street. Bailey has guaranteed everything till JAH comes or answers at once. JAH's documents are in danger. JAH also ows bailey $191. The draft will reach Bailey at the Merchants Bank, New York.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Wilkinson
The Era newspaper
Box 1, Folder 43

JAH Accounts, January to September, 18481848

Scope and Content Note

List of JAH accounts re paper and labor, January to September 1848
Box 1, Folder 44

Thomas Macaulay, Belfast, Ireland, to JAH

Physical Description: 1849 Jan 12

Scope and Content Note

Chides JAH jocularly for having "repeatedly neglected to show me any kindness." Congraulates JAH on his work. Says Francis Finlay, the Whig. . . "speaks very harshly of Bennett" who, in a visit to Ireland, "allowed himself to be rejected by [ John] O'Connell."

Subjects and Indexing Terms

[James Gordon] Bennett]
Francis Finlay
[John] O'Connell
The New York Herald
Box 1, Folder 45

William C. Lantzinger , Washington D.C., to JAH1849 February 9

Scope and Content Note

Remarks that a Couriers Passport would not do much for JAH. The rules for individuals bearing despatches are strict about proceeding directly to the destination.
Box 1, Folder 46

John Bryant, Washington D.C., to JAH, New York1849 Mar 15

Scope and Content Note

John Bryant, Jr., Treasurer of the 4th Presbyterian Church, writes JAH notifying him that he is in arrears in his pew rent.
Box 1, Folder 47

Charles B. Spicer, Colonel, New York , to JAH Lexington Ave and 26th Street, New York1849 Mar 14

Scope and Content Note

Regimental order naming James Alexander Houston to be Assistant Surgeon of the Second Regiment, New York State Milita.
Note in unknown hand names the Adjutant signing the order to be William [Postty?], and makes mention that [Eugene Alex ?]
Houston was commissioned by Governor Cleveland to be Assist. Surgeon of 4th [__?__] Co. , N. Y. S. N. Y., 1880

Subjects and Indexing Terms

William C. [Postty ?]
New York State Militia, Second Regiment
Box 1, Folder 48

H. M. Garland, Jr., Baltimore, to JAH, Washington D.C.1849 Mar 16

Scope and Content Note

In the interest of speeding up work he may move his office to Washington,D. C. which is at the end of the "Northern Line" and the end of the "Southern Line" [telegraph line ?]. Could he not join JAH as a reporter from either Washington or Baltimore for the next session of Congress?

Subjects and Indexing Terms

America [Packet Ship]
The New York Herald
Box 1, Folder 49

G. Bailey, Washington, D.C., to JAH. 1849 Apr 4

Scope and Content Note

Writer asks if JAH is going to Europe this spring, and has he decided the that the writer can do JAH's work in his absence ?

Subjects and Indexing Terms

The Era newspaper
Box 1, Folder 50

David [Seveves ?], Washinton, D. C. to JAH1849 May 24

Scope and Content Note

Informs JAH that the suit is won in Lee vs Houston, and renders his bill.
Box 1, Folder 51

S. B. Wylie, Philadelphia, to JAH1849 May 29

Scope and Content Note

Friend of JAH"s father requests JAH intercede to arrange for discharge of an Irish boy, Samuel Smith, who joined the marines and now wants a discharge/

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Hugh Smith
Samuel Smith
Box 1, Folder 52

Geo A. Gideon, Washington D. C., to JAH. New York1849 Jun 5

Scope and Content Note

Writer requests JAH to tell him what he expects to pay for "a letter every day "? Hurry, "we commence on June 13."
Box 1, Folder 53

Geo. A. Gideon, Washington D. C., to JAH1849 Jun 9

Scope and Content Note

Writer accepts terms ($10/week) and, "you must give us the first letter for Wednesdaty morning's paper so it must reach here by Tuesday evening."
Box 1, Folder 54

Wm. C. Lantzinger to JAH, New York1849 Jun 22

Scope and Content Note

JAH in arrears for membership of Masonic Lodge. Writer placed JAh's case before members and was selected to arrange application for JAH to renew his membership.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Masonic Lodge, New York
Box 1, Folder 55

Geo A. Gideon, Washington D. C., to JAH, New York1849 Jun 28

Scope and Content Note

Gideon reminds JAH not to forget the steamship letter. Plus Gideon sends him a check for his letters.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

The Republic newspaper
Box 1, Folder 56

Greeley, Horace, New York, to Russell Sturgis, London1858 Jun 14

Scope and Content Note

Horace Greeley of the New York Tribune introduces friends W.E, Robinson and R. M. Mellis who will visit "on a mission of the 'highest respectability.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

[B________?] Brothers, London, England
New York Tribune