Buchanan, James

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Letter from James Buchanan to James Henry
December 14, 1852

James Buchanan writes to his nephew and legal ward, James Buchanan Henry, regarding Henry's request for "the 'wherewithal' to return home" from Princeton College.   Buchanan, who sends $10, notes that "Miss Clemens & Mrs. [Rose O'Neal] Greenhow & Florence [Greenhaw] are yet here" but...

Location: I-Friends-2010-2

Subject: Education, Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from James Buchanan to James M. H. Beale
December 28, 1852

James Buchanan writes to James M. H. Beale regarding Beale's hope to secure a diplomatic post in President-elect Franklin Pierce's administration. Transcript included.

Location: MC 1998.10, B3, F9

Subject: Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from James Buchanan to James P. Reily
March 4, 1853

James Buchanan writes to James P. Reily regarding the possibility that President Franklin Pierce would appoint Buchanan as the minister to England. "There seems to be a general impression, such as you indicate, that I will be minister to England, but I am entirely ignorant of any such intention...

Location: MC 1998.10, B3, F11

Subject: Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from James Buchanan to Franklin Pierce
March 8, 1853

James Buchanan writes to President Franklin Pierce and recommends that James C. Van Dyke be appointed as the district attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Transcript included.

Location: MC 1998.10, B3, F11

Subject: Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from James Buchanan to Thomas Fitzgerald
March 28, 1853

James Buchanan declines to put in a "kind word" for a colleague seeking employment in Philadelphia.  “Amid the very numerous friends there to whom I am under political obligations,” Buchanan asks “how am I to select a few of them & refuse to recommend the remainder?” Transcript included.

Location: I-Friends-2012-4

Subject: Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from James Buchanan to Robert Tyler
April 4, 1853

James Buchanan (Class of 1809) writes to Robert Tyler about his nomination as President and discusses one of the delegates at the Pennsylvania State Convention, a Franklin K. Curran of Marietta. Robert is the son of President John Tyler. Transcript included.

Location: I-AsbellY-2002-21

Subject: Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from James Buchanan to W. Welsh
June 30, 1853

James Buchanan, who is preparing to take the position as the United States Minister to the United Kingdom, writes to W. H. Welsh, regarding the "present difficulties in the way of appointing a Secretary of Legation to London." Buchanan declares that should a Pennsylvanian be appointed, Welsh...

Location: MC 1998.10, B3, F13

Subject: International Affairs, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from Franklin Pierce to William Marcy
July 5, 1853

President Franklin Pierce authorizes Secretary of State William L. Marcy to "affix the Seal of the United States to the envelope of a letter addressed to Her Majesty Queen Victoria," which contains James Buchanan's credentials as the new Minister to the United Kingdom.

Location: I-SpahrB-1956-4

Subject: International Affairs, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from James Buchanan to Peter Washington
July 6, 1853

Pennsylvania politician James Buchanan (Class of 1803) writes to Peter G. Washington about political appointments and state elections. Buchanan discusses Washington's prospects of getting a clerkship as well as the possibility of appointments for Carlton B. Cotter, W. Lightner, and W. [Cantisce...

Location: I-AsbellY-2002-31

Subject: Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from James Buchanan to Joseph R. Ingersoll
July 13, 1853

James Buchanan writes to Joseph R. Ingersoll regarding President Franklin Pierce's trip to Crystal Palace in New York City and Buchanan's plans to travel to London as the new United States Minister to the United Kingdom. Transcript included.

Location: MC 1998.10, B3, F13

Subject: International Affairs, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from Harriet Lane to Lily Macalester
July 14, 1853

Harriet Lane writes Lily Macalester with gossip about mutual acquaintances and discusses Wheatland. Lane lives with her uncle, James Buchanan, in Pennsylvania. Transcript included.

Location: I-Friends-2001-5

Subject: Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letters from James Buchanan to Mr. Lane and James L. Reynolds
1853-1854

James Buchanan writes to Mr. Lane and James L. Reynolds regarding paying bills, political appointments, and Buchanan's political future. "I shall not be a candidate for the Presidency, & would not wish to become President" because, as Buchanan explains, "it has lost its charm." Transcript...

Letter from James Buchanan to Gerard Hallock
August 11, 1853

President James Buchanan writes to Gerard Hallock regarding the Presidential Election of 1860 and whether to remove the editor of a "leading Democratic" newspaper for not supporting his administration's policies. "This organ... maintains political doctrines in violation of the Constitution of...

Location: MC 1998.10, B4, F3

Subject: Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

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.

Letter from Harriet Lane to Lily Macalester
May 4, 1854

Harriet Lane writes to Lily Macalester and discusses her voyage to London.  She will be presented to Queen Victoria later that week.  In addition, Lane notes that she attended the opera with a Mr. Peabody and sat in a box opposite of the Queen. Lane is living with her uncle, James Buchanan, who...

Letter from James Buchanan to Sir William Molesworth
July 27, 1854

US Minister to the United Kingdom James Buchanan thanks Sir William Molesworth for his speech on "Naval Prizes." While "the agreement is unanswerable," Buchanan tells Molesworth that he "presented more historical information on the subject, in a clear and distinct manner, than I have ever seen...

Location: I-Friends-2002-1

Subject: International Affairs, Military Affairs and Conflict

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

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 Sir Edward Curt
June 1, 1855

James Buchanan writes to Sir Edward Curt and conveys his regrets that he cannot attend Her Majesty's Ball because he has "been unwell for the last two or three days." Buchanan is the Minister to Great Britain during President Franklin Pierce's administration.

Location: I-Friends-2005-3

Subject: Personal and Family Life, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

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 Alexander H. Stephens to Thomas W. Thomas
June 16, 1856

Representative Alexander Hamilton Stephens writes to Thomas W. Thomas and discusses the 1856 presidential election. Stephens, a Democrat, supports James Buchanan and describes the reasons why the convention made the decisions they did with regard to President Franklin Pierce, Senator Stephen...

Location: I-SpahrB-1959-10

Subject: Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

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