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Letter from Roger B. Taney to Walter Jones
November 14, 1826

Attorney Roger Brooke Taney writes General Walter Jones to discussing the timing of "the monastery case." Taney notes that Jones should "consider the case as continued until June next."

Location: I-SpahrB-1953-20

Subject: Legal Affairs

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1820-1839

Letters from James Buchanan to Thomas Elder
1827-1828

Representative James Buchanan writes Thomas Elder and discusses a number of issues in two letters, including the health of Judge Duncan, the 1829 Pennsylvania gubernatorial election, cities that a transcontinental road would pass through, a trial...

Letter from Roger B. Taney to Arthur Shaaff
May 14, 1828

Maryland Attorney General Roger Brooke Taney writes to Arthur Shaaff, an attorney in Georgia, to share news about his family as well as discus legal and political issues. Taney notes that his two daughters, along with Shaaff's friends, are in...

Letter from Roger B. Taney to Beal Randall
May 22, 1828

Maryland Attorney General Roger Brooke Taney writes to Beal Randall of the Mutual Insurance Company of Baltimore regarding a settlement. Transcript included.

Location: I-AsbellY-2004-8

Subject: Economics and Finance, Legal Affairs

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1820-1839

Legal Opinion of Roger B. Taney on Charles Ridgely's Will
October 7, 1828

Maryland Attorney General Roger Brooke Taney's writes this interpretation of Charles Ridgely' will in regard to the "land bought of Henry Darnall." Taney provides his opinion on this matter at the request of General Ridgely, who had inherited the...

Location: I-SpahrB-1961-2

Subject: Land and Real Estate, Legal Affairs

Format: Legal and Government Documents

Time Period: 1820-1839

Legal Opinion of Roger B. Taney on A. Riddell's Will
May 22, 1829

Maryland Attorney General Roger Brooke Taney writes interpretation of the will of A. Riddle of London. "Mr. Abercrombie is not entitled either to the legacy of £1000, nor to the share of the residence[?] bequeathed to his wife," as Taney...

Location: I-SpahrB-1960-3

Subject: Land and Real Estate, Legal Affairs

Format: Legal and Government Documents

Time Period: 1820-1839

Letter from Roger B. Taney to Richard Coxe
January 25, 1830

Maryland Attorney General Roger Brooke Taney writes to lawyer Richard S. Coxe, explaining that in order to appear before the Maryland legislature to defend a client in a divorce case, Coxe must defer a decision about attending the Supreme Court...

Location: I-BonisteelR-1954-2

Subject: Legal Affairs, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1820-1839

Letter from Roger B. Taney to Edward Lloyd (Draft)
October 25, 1830

Maryland Attorney General Roger Brooke Taney writes to attorney Edward Lloyd and discusses his office should be impartial as well as the selection of his deputies. The Attorney General's office, as Taney argues, "is too intimately connected with...

Location: I-SpahrB-1941-1

Subject: Legal Affairs, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1820-1839

Letter from Roger B. Taney to Unknown Recipient
October 17, 1831

United States Attorney General Roger Brooke Taney writes regarding the outcome of a dispute between the Bellona Gunpowder Company and the Susquehanna Railroad Company. Transcript Included.

Location: I-AsbellY-2004-8

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

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1820-1839

Letter from Roger B. Taney to Levi Woodbury
October 29, 1832

Attorney General Roger Brooke Taney writes to the Secretary of the Navy [Levi Woodbury] regarding "an act to extend the pension heretofore granted to the widows of persons killed or who died in the naval service."

Location: I-SpahrB-1960-2

Subject: Economics and Finance, Legal Affairs, Military Affairs and Conflict

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1820-1839

Letter from Roger B. Taney to Unknown Recipient
November 30, 1832

United States Attorney General Roger Brooke Taney writes to an unknown recipient, possibly a colleague, and analyzing the case against Mrs. Davison regarding a bond and debt. Taney predicts the Court of Appeals will follow the ruling of "2 Har....

Location: I-SpahrB-1965-17

Subject: Economics and Finance, Health and Medicine, Legal Affairs

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1820-1839

Letter from Roger B. Taney to Unknown Recipient
March 6, 1833

United States Attorney General Roger Brooke Taney warns that "I may be detained here [at the Supreme Court] until half past 2... I will be at home the moment I can get away from the Court."

Location: I-SpahrB-1950-8

Subject: Legal Affairs

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1820-1839

Letter from Roger B. Taney to Unknown Recipient
March 31, 1833

United States Attorney General Roger Brooke Taney writes a short letter to an unspecified person: "I will attend at the State Department for the purpose of examining witnesses according to your request." Transcript included.

Location: I-AsbellY-2004-8

Subject: Legal Affairs, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1820-1839

Letter from Roger B. Taney to Unknown Recipient
April 8, 1833

United States Attorney General Roger Brooke Taney writes to an unknown recipient regarding a ruling in a recent legal case. "But there is no mode of proceeding in which their judgment can be revised" and, as Taney explains, "the Secretary of the...

Location: I-SpahrB-1955-2

Subject: Legal Affairs, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1820-1839

Legal Document, Audit of the Account between the United States and Andrew Laub
November 14, 1833

Treasury Secretary Roger Brooke Taney signs this document, which is the audit of an account between the United States and Andrew M. Laub, the late Superintendent of the South East Executive Building. Other individuals who are involved in...

Location: I-SpahrB-undated-33

Subject: Economics and Finance, Legal Affairs, Politics and Government

Format: Financial Documents

Time Period: 1820-1839

Letter from Roger B. Taney to C. J. Faulkner
January 17, 1834

Treasury Secretary Roger Brooke Taney writes to C. J. Faulkner regarding the "act of Congress of July 5th, 1832." This Act, written in response to a case brought by a Virginia family, prohibits posthumous military pensions from being paid when...

Location: I-AsbellY-2004-13

Subject: Legal Affairs, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1820-1839

Letter from John Armstrong Jr. to Henry Morfit
February 18, 1834

John Armstrong, Jr. writes to an attorney, Henry Mason Morfit, regarding the difficulty of obtaining evidence of military service for veterans who served during the Revolutionary War.

Location: I-Purchase-1954-13

Subject: Legal Affairs, Military Affairs and Conflict

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1820-1839

Letter from Roger B. Taney to Benjamin Bonsall
April 26, 1834

Treasury Secretary Roger Brooke Taney writes to Benjamin S. Bonsall, Marshall for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Taney explains that Bonsall's request for $8000 to "meet the expenses of the Courts of the United States" is now under...

Location: I-AsbellY-2004-8

Subject: Economics and Finance, Legal Affairs, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1820-1839

Letter from Roger B. Taney to S. Williams
June 9, 1834

Treasury Secretary Roger Brooke Taney to lawyer S. Williams, authorizing him to "cause an examination of the Cutter McLane's bottom to be made, and to have any injury which her copper may have sustained repaired."

Location: I-DannJ-1973-4

Subject: Legal Affairs, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1820-1839

Letter from Roger B. Taney to William Read
March 8, 1836

Roger Brooke Taney (Class of 1795) sends William George Read the testimony for a case. Taney, who will deliver his speech on Thursday, notes that he will do "justice to the motives & character of" Read, Mr. Howard, and Mr. Hunt. Taney became...

Location: I-BeachW-1984-4

Subject: Legal Affairs

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1820-1839

Letters from James Buchanan to Charles Jared Ingersoll
1837-1847

Representative James Buchanan writes seven letters to Representative Charles Jared Ingersoll a number of different political and legal matters, including political appointments, election campaigns, the Mexican-American War, and the Oregon Treaty...

Letter from John Durbin to C. Walborn
February 18, 1839

Dickinson College President John P. Durbin writes C. A. Walborn regarding the case of a Mr. Dodge. "If I can extract any information" from Mr. Dodge, Durbin explains that "I shall have to tell him that we do not consider the case closed at all."...

Location: I-SpahrB-1966-5

Subject: Legal Affairs, Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1820-1839

Letter from John Zug to Margaret Hood
December 16, 1839

John Zug (Class of 1837) writes to his girlfriend, Margaret Hood, and describes his first days of work as a lawyer. Zug explains that his colleagues are "ungodly men, not only irreligious, but most of them profane." Zug is happy, however, to have...

"Salutatory Oration: Extent of the Duty of Obedience," by George Coffey
July 9, 1840

George Alexander Coffey prepared this oration, entitled "Salutatory Oration: Extent of the Duty of Obedience," for the commencement ceremonies held July 9, 1840. Authoring an original speech was among the graduation requirements for Dickinson...

Letter from Roger B. Taney to J. Mason Campbell
January 18, 1841

Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger Brooke Taney writes J. Mason Campbell to defend a decision he made as Acting Secretary of War (June - August 1831) during President Andrew Jackson's administration. "When I acted as Secretary of War, I was [also...

Location: I-SpahrB-1965-12

Subject: Legal Affairs, Personal and Family Life, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

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