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Letter from Roger B. Taney to J. Mason Campbell
December 21, 1847

Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger Brooke Taney writes to J. Mason Campbell, an attorney, about a political and legal matter related to Maryland's constitution. While Taney brings up several questions and arguments to consider in regard to the...

Location: O-SpahrB-1965-2

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

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from Roger B. Taney to Anne Taney
December 4, 1850

Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Roger Brooke Taney writes to his wife, Anne Key Taney, and informs her of his safe arrival in Washington, DC. Even the Supreme Court has already started hearing cases, Taney asks his wife to "tell James his case...

Location: I-SpahrB-1965-4

Subject: Legal Affairs, Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from James Buchanan to Edward McPherson
May 31, 1852

James Buchanan writes to journalist and lawyer Edward McPherson regarding a list of members of the Lancaster County Bar that McPherson had compiled. Buchanan points out that the list mistakenly dates his admission to the Bar to 1809, when he was...

Letter from Murray Rush to Franklin Pierce
March 8, 1853

Attorney Murray Rush writes to Franklin Pierce, President of the United States, campaigning for the district attorney position in Philadelphia. In addition, Murray also mentions his father, Richard Rush, who had served in a number of positions...

Location: I-AsbellY-2002-51

Subject: Legal Affairs, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from John Gibson to Mr. Johnson
March 17, 1853

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Chief Justice John B. Gibson writes to Mr. Johnson about changing the laws of Pennsylvania.

Location: I-AsbellY-2004-3

Subject: Legal Affairs, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from Richard Rush to the Corbin Family
August 2, 1854

Diplomat and politician Richard Rush writes to "the Messrs. Corbin of Virginia, Maryland, and their collaterals" to meet and investigate their claims to the Jennings Estate. Rush also recommends his son, Benjamin, as someone qualified to serve as...

Location: I-Friends-1976-12

Subject: Land and Real Estate, Legal Affairs

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from Roger B. Taney to Joel Sutherland
January 25, 1856

Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger Brooke Taney writes to Joel Barlow Sutherland and discusses the legal distinction between letters being "in the mail" and "in the post office." Taney notes that he cannot conduct further research on the question...

Location: I-SpahrB-1962-5

Subject: Health and Medicine, Legal Affairs

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from Roger B. Taney to D. Perine
April 5, 1857

Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger Brooke Taney writes to D. M. Perine regarding a life insurance policy payment at the Baltimore Life Insurance Company. As he is still in Washington, Taney asks Perine to take the payment to J. J. Donalson. While...

Letter from Roger B. Taney to Joseph Henry
April 16, 1858

Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger Brooke Taney writes Professor Joseph Henry, the first Smithsonian Secretary, to explain that he cannot meet with the Regents of the Smithsonian Institution. As the Supreme Court Justices are meeting to decide...

Location: I-SpahrB-1969-7

Subject: Legal Affairs, Politics and Government, Science and Technology

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Journal of Horatio Collins King
1858-1859

Horatio Collins King, a member of the Class of 1858, records his thoughts and activities of his daily life in the first year after his graduation from Dickinson College. King's entries include notes on his travels through New England, Canada, and...

Location: MC 1999.9, B3, F1

Subject: Education, Legal Affairs, Personal and Family Life, Travel and Tourism

Format: Diaries and Journals

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from Jeremiah Black to Jacob Thompson
November 2, 1858

United States Attorney General Jeremiah Sullivan Black writes to Jacob Thompson, Secretary of the Interior, with a legal opinion on the question of whether widows of officers and soldiers could receive a government pension if they remarry. "Upon...

Location: I-BeachW-1974-1

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

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from James Buchanan to William Drinkard
September 7, 1860

President James Buchanan writes to William R. Drinkard, Secretary of War John B. Floyd's chief clerk, in an attempt to solve a dispute over paying US Army Captain Montgomery Meigs. Buchanan asks Drinkard to send "the Paper addressed by Capt Meigs...

Location: I-Friends-2006-1

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

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from William Wright to James Buchanan
January 5, 1861

New York Supreme Court Justice William B. Wright writes to President James Buchanan and recommends John C. Perry for an appointment as a judge in one of the western organized territories. Wright's letter also includes short notes from prominent...

Location: I-SpahrB-1952-11

Subject: Legal Affairs, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from Henry Hogeboom to James Buchanan
January 12, 1861

New York Supreme Court Judge Henry Hogeboom writes to President James Buchanan and recommends John C. Perry for an appointment as a judge in one of the western organized territories.

Location: I-SpahrB-1952-11

Subject: Legal Affairs, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from Edwin Stanton to James Buchanan (Copy)
March 10, 1861

Former Attorney General Edwin McMasters Stanton writes former President James Buchanan to discuss public affairs in Washington and comment on events that occurred during the last few months of Buchanan's administration.

Location: I-SpahrB-1959-9

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

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from Edwin Stanton to James Buchanan (Copy)
March 14, 1861

Edwin McMasters Stanton writes former President James Buchanan to discuss possible nominations to fill a vacancy on the Supreme Court and comment on resolutions in the Senate that might end the secession crisis.

Location: I-SpahrB-1959-9

Subject: Legal Affairs, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from C. Ruff to William Frishmuth
March 21, 1862

United States Mustering Officer C. J. Ruff writes Colonel William Frishmuth and requests a written response to several accusations of misconduct and corruption. “I am directed…. to call on you for an explanation (in writing) of your conduct in...

Location: I-Purchase-1968-6

Subject: Legal Affairs, Military Affairs and Conflict

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from Andrew Gregg Curtin to R. Butler Price (Copy)
March 24, 1862

Pennsylvania Governor Andrew Gregg Curtin sends this copy of the charges against Colonel William Frishmuth to Colonel R. Butler Pierce and orders him “to investigate.” Colonel Price, of the 59th Regiment of Pennsylvania Volunteers, is the...

Location: I-Purchase-1968-6

Subject: Legal Affairs, Military Affairs and Conflict

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from L. Pierce to C. Ruff (Copy)
March 23, 1862

Lieutenant Colonel L. B. Pierce writes Lieutenant Colonel C. J. Ruff, US Mustering Officer, and outlines his accusations of misconduct and corruption against Colonel William Frishmuth. Pierce’s accusations include Frishmuth “attempting the...

Location: I-Purchase-1968-6

Subject: Legal Affairs, Military Affairs and Conflict

Format: Legal and Government Documents

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from Roger B. Taney to Samuel Nelson
March 9, 1863

Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger B. Taney writes to Associate Supreme Court Justice Samuel Nelson regarding the composition of a dissenting opinion in the Prize Cases of 1863. Taney suggests a paragraph to add that "more distinctly asserts the...

Location: I-SpahrB-1958-16

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

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from Roger B. Taney to Samuel Nelson
May 8, 1864

Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger Brooke Taney writes to Associate Justice Samuel Nelson about various court and other legal matters. As a result of his poor health, Taney asks for details about the procedures Nelson has used for hearing appeals...

Location: I-SpahrB-1965-13

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

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Journal of Horatio Collins King
December 26, 1865 - September 28, 1869

Horatio Collins King details his life in post-war New York City society, including his work as a lawyer, his second marriage to Esther A. Howard and honeymoon at Niagara Falls, and a trip to Nebraska aboard the new Union Pacific railroad....

Location: MC 1999.9, B3, F2

Subject: Legal Affairs, Personal and Family Life, Travel and Tourism

Format: Diaries and Journals

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from Salmon Chase to Robert Grier
September 30, 1869

Salmon Portland Chase, Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court, writes to Associate Justice Robert Cooper Grier (Class of 1812). Chase discusses a recent visit to Philadelphia and says he is glad to hear Grier's health has improved....

Location: I-SpahrB-undated-6

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

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from Letter from Salmon Chase to Robert Grier
December 24, 1869

Salmon Portland Chase, Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court, writes to Associate Justice Robert Cooper Grier (Class of 1812) regarding the death of an unspecified Mr. Stanton. Chase informs Grier of a meeting to be held at his house...

Location: I-SpahrB-undated-6

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

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from Supreme Court Justices to Robert Grier
January 31, 1870

Associates of United States Supreme Court Justice Robert Cooper Grier (Class of 1912) write to him to express their thanks and affection upon his resignation from the Court. Salmon Portland Chase, Samuel Nelson, Nathan Clifford, Noah Haynes...

Location: I-SpahrB-undated-6

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

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

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