MC 1998.10 - Buchanan

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Letters from James Buchanan to James L. Reynolds
1853-1856

James Buchanan writes eight letters from London to to James L. Reynolds on a number of different subjects, including life as the United States Minister to the United Kingdom, the Vienna Conference, the Crimean War, the Nebraska Bill, and the 1856 Presidential election. Transcripts included.

Letter from James Buchanan to Christopher L. Ward
September 20, 1853

James Buchanan writes to Christopher L. Ward and describes life in London as the new United States Minister to the United Kingdom and discusses the possibility of a conflict between Russia and Turkey in the Crimean. Buchanan also mentions his introduction to Queen Victoria. "The manners of the...

Letter from James Buchanan to George Plitt
November 1, 1853

James Buchanan describes his experience working and living in London as United States Minister to the United Kingdom and comments on the latest political news from the United States. George Plitt is a Pennsylvania attorney. Transcript included.

Letter from James Buchanan to Lily Macalester
January 20, 1854

James Buchanan writes to Lily Macalester and describes his life in London as the United States Minister to the United Kingdom. "I should be far happier in retirement at Wheatland than amidst the gaiety of London," as Buchanan notes. Transcript included.

Letters from James Buchanan to James Webb
March 30 - December 7, 1855

James Buchanan, the United States Minister to the United Kingdom, writes four letters to General James Watson Webb regarding Buchanan's experiences living in London and international affairs, including the Ostend Manifesto, the Vienna Conference, and the prospects for peace. Buchanan also notes...

Letter from James Buchanan to W. Hunter
December 14, 1855

James Buchanan, the United States Minister to the United Kingdom, writes to W. Hunter and encloses a communication of "an important religious subject" from Edward Ellice, a member of the House of Commons, to C. A. Davis of New York. Transcript included. 

Location: MC 1998.10, B3, F20

Subject: Politics and Government, Religion and Spirituality

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from James Buchanan to Eliza Watterston
December 28, 1855

James Buchanan, the United States Minister to the United Kingdom, writes to Miss Eliza Watterston and offers condolences regarding the death of her father and a Mrs. Baker. Buchanan also explains that he is ready to return home. "I long to return to my own country which is the happiest land...

Letter from James Buchanan to Mr. Tyler
February 15, 1856

James Buchanan, the United States Minister to the United Kingdom, writes to Mr. Tyler regarding his plans to leave London as soon as George Dallas, his successor, arrives. Buchanan is not looking forward to the trip back home. " I am a very very...

Location: MC 1998.10, B3, F21

Subject: Politics and Government, Travel and Tourism

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from Jeremiah Black to James Buchanan
April 27, 1857

United States Attorney General Jeremiah Sullivan Black provides legal advice to President James Buchanan on whether the Chief Executive can remit part of the sentence of a convict. "I have examined and found that the universal practice of all your predecessors sanctioned by the courts has been...

Location: MC 1998.10, B1, F2

Subject: Legal Affairs, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from James Buchanan to Franklin Pierce
December 5, 1857

President James Buchanan writes former President Franklin Pierce and encloses "the first copy of the message which has been delivered to any person." The "message" that Buchanan refers to is likely his first State of the Union, which was published on December 8, 1857. Transcript included.

Location: MC 1998.10, B3, F25

Subject: Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from James Buchanan to E. L. Molineux
September 1, 1858

President James Buchanan explains why he cannot grant E. L. Molineux's request that a merchant clerk of New York City receive an appointment to the United States Military Academy at West Point. Transcript included.

Location: MC 1998.10, B3, F26

Subject: Education, Military Affairs and Conflict, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from James Buchanan to Charles Wentz
April 22, 1859

President James Buchanan writes Charles E. Wentz regarding possible political appointments for Col. Samuel Stambaugh. "I have offered him two good offices; but he will accept neither of them," as Buchanan explains. Transcript included.

Location: MC 1998.10, B4, F2

Subject: Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from James Buchanan to Lewis Cass, John B. Floyd, and Jeremiah S. Black
May 4, 1859

President James Buchanan writes to Secretary of State Lewis Cass, Secretary of War John B. Floyd, and Attorney General Jeremiah S. Black regarding orders that they need to send to federal officials in Utah. "The State of Affairs in Utah renders it necessary that new & harmonious instructions...

Location: MC 1998.10, B4, F2

Subject: Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from Harriet Lane to Mr. Childs
November 19, 1859

Harriet Lane writes to a Mr. Childs from the White House in 1859 regarding changes to a publication about her uncle President James Buchanan. Besides making corrections, Lane also wants Mr. Childs to use a different portrait of President Buchanan. The portrait that Mr. Childs had selected is, as...

Location: MC 1998.10, B4, F16

Subject: Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from James Buchanan to John T. Henry
July 17, 1860

President James Buchanan writes to John T. Henry and several other men regarding a meeting of “the National Volunteers” of New York, sectional tensions, and the Presidential Election of 1860. "May the kind Providence which has watched over our Country from the beginning restore the ancient...

Location: MC 1998.10, B4, F3

Subject: Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from James Buchanan to James Gordon Bennett
March 11, 1861

Former President James Buchanan writes publisher James Gordon Bennett several days after leaving the White House and asks that the New York Herald be sent to him in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Buchanan also reflects on his administration, describing it as "eminently successful in its...

Location: MC 1998.10, B4, F4

Subject: Personal and Family Life, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from James Buchanan to Charles N. Pine
December 21, 1861

Former President James Buchanan writes to Charles N. Pine and explains why he will not contact President Abraham Lincoln on Pine's behalf. "I have reason to believe that my request [to the Lincoln administration] would be but little regarded," as Buchanan notes. Instead, Buchanan advises Pine to...

Location: MC 1998.10, B4, F5

Subject: Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from James Buchanan to Thomas A. Goodman
May 8, 1862

Former President James Buchanan explains to Thomas A. Goodman that he will not provide the autograph of another individual. While "it is true that in the course of my life I have received letters from most of the persons you enumerate," Buchanan explains that "those of importance have been filed...

Location: MC 1998.10, B4, F6

Subject: Personal and Family Life, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letters from James Buchanan to Jessie Magaw
1862-1866

Two letters from former President James Buchanan to Jessie Magaw regarding his health, Jessie's education, and news regarding their extended family. "Your Cousin Harriet [Lane] was married to Henry E. Johnston" and they are "happily married," as Buchanan notes. Transcripts included.

Location: MC 1998.10

Subject: Education, Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from James Buchanan to Joseph Baker
December 17, 1862

Former President James Buchanan writes Joseph B. Baker to criticize Kentucky Senator Garrett Davis' resolution. "It is infamous as well as false," as Buchanan explains. Transcript included.

Location: MC 1998.10, B4, F6

Subject: Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from James Buchanan to Henry Slicer
May 16, 1863

Former President James Buchanan discusses his administration's policies, his health, and other personal matters in a letter to Reverend Henry Slicer. "I would not, if I could, change any portion of the policy I pursued in view of the then approaching troubles," as Buchanan explains. Buchanan,...

Location: MC 1998.10, B4, F7

Subject: Personal and Family Life, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from James Buchanan to A. T. Goodman
June 11, 1863

Former President James Buchanan responds to A. T. Goodman's question about his remarks and how he voted as a Senator on the Tariff Bill of 1842. "The opinions I then expressed on the subject of a Tariff, with very little variation, I have continued to hold until the present time," as Buchanan...

Location: MC 1998.10, B4, F7

Subject: Economics and Finance, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from James Buchanan to Herman Johnson
November 11, 1863

Former President James Buchanan writes to Dickinson College President Herman Johnson Merrills with information on several alumni, including William Speer (Class of 1788), Jesse Magaw (Class of 1806), and Buchanan's brother George Buchanan (Class of 1805). James Buchanan is a member of the Class...

Letter from James Buchanan to James Henry
April 7, 1864

Former President James Buchanan's letter to his nephew, James Buchanan Henry, includes a list of individuals who have discharged their bonds or mortgages since April 1. Buchanan also provides instructions on various financial matters as well as a note about a "Tin Box." Transcript included.

Location: MC 1998.10, B4, F8

Subject: Economics and Finance, Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from James Buchanan to James Henry
April 18, 1864

Former President James Buchanan writes James Buchanan Henry and includes payment for stocks that Henry purchased on behalf of Harriet Lane. Buchanan also asks Henry "to take out my will" as "it is neceseary or rather proper that I should make some changes in it on account of changes in my...

Location: MC 1998.10, B4, F8

Subject: Economics and Finance, Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

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