Business and Industry

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Letter from Richard Rush to Thomas Aspinwall
June 14, 1845

Diplomat and politician Richard Rush writes to Colonel Thomas Aspinwall, discussing the upcoming publication of Aspinwall's book in Philadelphia, the possibility of publishing a second edition in London, and the reproduction of excerpts in Philadelphia newspapers.

Location: I-Friends-1976-10

Subject: Business and Industry, Literary Pursuits

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from James Buchanan to W. P. Preston
February 19, 1847

Secretary of State James Buchanan writes to W. P. Preston, responding to his request "to have an authenticated copy taken of documents relating to the debt due by the late Republic of Columbia to Lalung Montrop, recently of Baltimore, deceased." Buchanan claims that this request cannot be...

Location: MC 1998.10, B2, F15

Subject: Business and Industry, International Affairs, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letters from James Buchanan to Charles Gonter
1849-50

James Buchanan writes two letters to Charles G. Gonter in which he discusses the condition of the Democratic party, the implications of President Zachary Taylor's death, "the succession of" President Millard Fillmore, and the 1852 Presidential election. "Who shall be selected as standard bearer...

Location: MC 1998.10

Subject: Business and Industry, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Broadside, Reward for Fugitive Slaves by Henry Culler
September 25, 1849

Henry Culler, a resident near Jefferson, Frederick County, Maryland, publishes this broadside offering a 400 dollar reward for the return of two run-away slaves; Bill Dorsey and John Ceders, on September 25, 1849.

Letter from James Buchanan to A. Boyd Hamilton
January 2, 1850

James Buchanan writes A. Boyd Hamilton to discuss the details of a loan, Buchanan's decision to sell his house in Lancaster, and to criticize articles in the Pennsylvanian. "One great fault of the Pennsylvanian is its indiscriminate praise of individuals," as Buchanan notes. Transcript...

Letter from James Buchanan to John G. Brenner
December 26, 1850

James Buchanan responds to John G. Brenner's invitation to a dinner in honor of Captain Mathews of the Steamer City of Glasgow as well as discusses Philadelphia's economic status in the United States. "I rejoice to percieve that Philadelphia is about to make a serious effort to obtain her just...

Location: MC 1998.10, B2, F25

Subject: Business and Industry, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from James Buchanan to James Campbell
January 30, 1851

Pennsylvania politician James Buchanan congratulates James Campbell on his recent political victory and discusses W. Baker's appointment as superintendent of the Columbia Rail Road. While one of Campbell's friends opposes Baker's selection, Buchanan argues that "I cannot desert a friend to...

Letters from Israel Gutelius to Eli Slifer, 1851-54
1851-1854

Israel Gutelius writes eight letters to Eli Slifer regarding issues related to the publication of Gutelius' German language newspaper, including laws that would allow "reasonable compensation" for the work in translating and publishing county news. Gutelius' paper is the Der Demokrat,...

Letters from Israel Gutelius to Eli Slifer, 1855-59
1855-1859

Israel Gutelius writes sixteen letters to Eli Slifer in which he primarily discusses his political activity and its relation to his paper, a German language newspaper published in New Berlin, Pennsylvania (The Der Demokrat, which is also known as the Union Demokrat). "You know...

Location: MC 2003.4, B5, F8

Subject: Business and Industry, Politics and Government

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 Roger B. Taney to J. Mason Campbell
August 25, 1855

Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger Brooke Taney writes to J. Mason Campbell about the summer at Old Point with regard to the nearby outbreak of yellow fever and the construction of a new wharf. While his family is safe from the outbreak, Taney finds sadness in the illness and death as well as the...

Letter from Horatio King to the Postmaster in Athens, PA
November 7, 1857

Assistant Postmaster General Horatio King writes the Postmaster of Athens, Pennsylvania , to reprimand him for "the negligent and imperfect manner in which the cancellation of postage stamps is... performed in your office."

Location: I-SpahrB-1950-6

Subject: Business and Industry, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letters from James Sellers to Eli Slifer
1851-1858

James Sellers writes fifteen letters to Eli Slifer concerning help with managing his father's estate, the possibility of his election as Senator as a result of his affiliation with the Whig party, questions about the division of Union County, as well as other political news. Transcripts included...

Letter from Spencer Baird to Osmond Tiffany
October 8, 1859

Spencer Fullerton Baird (Class of 1840) writes to Osmond Tiffany, responding to the latter's request for documents about the Pacific Rail Road and the Mexican Boundary.

Location: I-Friends-1982-7

Subject: Business and Industry, International Affairs, Science and Technology

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from Andrew Curtin to John Hart
October 24, 1859

Pennsylvania politician Andrew Gregg Curtin writes to John V. Hart with updates about a financial matter . Curtin hopes that once "Beckwith" is paid for the timber he sold to the Tyrone and Lock Haven Rail Road Company, he will have more money. Transcript included.

Location: I-Purchase-1955-11

Subject: Business and Industry, Economics and Finance

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from Horatio King to Ginery Twichell
November 14, 1859

Assistant Postmaster General Horatio King writes to Ginery Twichell, president of the Boston and Worcester Railroad. King assumes that bids for new lines to Portland, ME and New Orleans, LA will be kept secret until "the whole matter is referred to Congress." Transcript included.

Location: I-Friends-1983-10

Subject: Business and Industry, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from James Buchanan to Charles Macalester
July 2, 1860

President James Buchanan writes to Charles Macalester asking for advice regarding North Carolina Bonds. Buchanan also mentions that he misses Macalester's daughter, Lily, who is friends with Buchanan's niece. An envelope postmarked 1857, which was addressed to Lily Macalester, was donated along...

Letters from Israel Gutelius to Eli Slifer (Apr. - Dec. 1861)
April - December 1861

Israel Gutelius writes fifteen letters to Eli Slifer, the Secretary of the Commonwealth during the Civil War, in which he asks Slifer to go to Washington and request the Secretary of the Navy to appoint Gutelius to a position in Philadelphia. "If I am appointed," Gutelius promises to "publish...

Letters from Israel Gutelius to Eli Slifer (Jan. - Dec. 1862)
January - December 1862

Israel Gutelius writes nineteen letters to Eli Slifer, the Secretary of the Commonwealth during the Civil War, in which he describes his efforts to secure an appointment of collector of taxes for the U.S. government, requests Slifer's influence in helping various doctors secure positions as...

Letters from William Meredith to Eli Slifer
1864-1866

William Meredith writes seven letters to Eli Slifer, Secretary of the Commonwealth, regarding the applicability of the Act of 1840 to interest payments, the announcement of a draft for more soldiers , warrants against various railroad companies, and other political affairs. Transcripts included...

Letter from Andrew Curtin to James Bruwick
January 20, 1865

Pennsylvania Governor Andrew Gregg Curtin writes to James Bruwick[?], Esq. and recommends Mr. Bates "as a reliable, prompt and industrious man of excellent character in all respects."

Location: I-BeachW-1984-11

Subject: Business and Industry, Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from Mary Thomson to John Read
April 18, 1868

Mary F. Thomson writes to Judge John M. Read, asking him to deliver a note to the Sixth National Bank of Philadelphia.

Location: I-Friends-1975-21

Subject: Business and Industry

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from Mary Thomson to John Read
April 27, 1868

Mary F. Thomson writes to Judge John M. Read, appending a note about a business error.

Location: I-Friends-1975-21

Subject: Business and Industry, Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from Mary Thomson to John Read
April 27, 1868

Mary F. Thomson writes to Judge John M. Read, updating him on business and financial matters.

Location: I-Friends-1975-21

Subject: Business and Industry, Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from Charles Deems to Mrs. Lausing Thurber
January 7, 1878

Charles F. Deems thanks Mrs. Lausing Thurber for her "kind note" and asks for her attention "to Frank Leslie Sunday Magazine." Deems, a member of the Class of 1839, explains how he is "now editing" that publication. Transcript included.

Location: I-AsbellY-2005-4

Subject: Business and Industry, Literary Pursuits

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

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