Literary Pursuits

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Letter from Joseph Priestley to Matthew Carey
April 5, 1802

Joseph Priestley writes to Matthew Carey with proof of the Chart and corrections to Priestley's pamphlet Church History. Priestley also asks that the pamphlets are not advertised immediately. Transcript included.

Location: I-SpahrB-undated-2

Subject: Literary Pursuits, Religion and Spirituality

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1800-1819

Letter from Joseph Priestley to John Evans
January 8, 1803

Joseph Priestley writes to Rev. John Evans in London, thanking him for his "valuable book." Priestley sends a tract on baptism in return. Transcript included.

Location: I-Friends-1990-5

Subject: Literary Pursuits, Personal and Family Life, Religion and Spirituality

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1800-1819

Letter from Joseph Priestley to John Vaughan
December 26, 1803

Joseph Priestley sends instructions for printing his manuscript (Index to the Bible) and orders several copies of his Church History and Lectures. Priestley also tells John Vaughan that he is out of oysters. While "the...

Location: I-NeffG-1956-1

Subject: Literary Pursuits, Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1800-1819

Letter from Charles Keith to Anne Nisbet
July 11, 1805

Charles Keith writes to Anne Nisbet regarding the death of her husband. "One of the best of Men is forever lost to his Friends and Mankind," as Keith observes. Keith also explains his decision to write Monody to the Memory of the Rev. Dr...

Location: I-TurnbullM-undated-1

Subject: Literary Pursuits, Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1800-1819

Letter from Robert Waln Jr. to Samuel Sitgreaves
May 24, 1824

Author Robert Waln, Jr. writes Pennsylvania politician Samuel Sitgreaves to ask for information about the life of James Wilson for a book entitled Biography of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence. Waln poses nine questions to...

Letter from Richard Rush to Mr. Force
June 7, 1830

Richard Rush writes to an unspecified Mr. Force requesting a few "Abroad and at Home" pamphlets. Rush also wanted to settle any outstanding debts with Force before he left Washington. Transcript included.

Location: I-Friends-1976-7

Subject: Economics and Finance, Literary Pursuits

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1820-1839

"Suicide," by A. Herr Smith
July 9, 1840

A. Herr Smith prepared this oration, entitled “Suicide," for the commencement ceremonies held July 9, 1840. Authoring an original speech was among the graduation requirements for Dickinson College seniors at that time. Transcript included.

Location: Orations-1840-S642s

Subject: Health and Medicine, Literary Pursuits

Format: Speeches and Sermons

Time Period: 1840-1859

"The Influence of Literature Upon Morality," by Samuel G. Hare
July 9, 1840

Samuel George Hare prepared this oration, entitled “The Influence of Literature Upon Morality," for the commencement ceremonies held July 9, 1840. Authoring an original speech was among the graduation requirements for Dickinson College seniors at...

Location: Orations-1840-H275i

Subject: Literary Pursuits, Religion and Spirituality

Format: Speeches and Sermons

Time Period: 1840-1859

"The Literature of the Age of Elizabeth," by Samuel A. Harrison
July 9, 1840

Samuel A. Harrison prepared this oration, entitled “The Literature of the Age of Elizabeth," for the commencement ceremonies held July 9, 1840. Authoring an original speech was among the graduation requirements for Dickinson College seniors at...

Location: Orations-1840-H322l

Subject: Education, Literary Pursuits

Format: Speeches and Sermons

Time Period: 1840-1859

"The Past," by Henry Augustus Muhlenberg
July 9, 1840

Henry Augustus Muhlenberg prepared this oration, entitled “The Past," for the commencement ceremonies held July 9, 1840. Authoring an original speech was among the graduation requirements for Dickinson College seniors at that time. Transcript...

Location: Orations-1840-M952p

Subject: Education, Literary Pursuits

Format: Speeches and Sermons

Time Period: 1840-1859

"Deficiency of Literature," by Wilson L. Spottswood
July 8, 1841

Wilson Lee Spottswood prepared this oration, entitled “Deficiency of Literature," for the commencement ceremonies held July 8, 1841. Authoring an original speech was among the graduation requirements for Dickinson College seniors at that time....

Location: Orations-1841-S765d

Subject: Education, Literary Pursuits

Format: Speeches and Sermons

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from Richard Rush to Thomas Aspinwall
June 10, 1845

Richard Rush writes Colonel Thomas Aspinwall to discuss the publication of the English edition of his book, Memoirs of a Residence at the Court of London, which contains "important additions and corrections" that were missing from the...

Location: I-SellersC-1973-2

Subject: Literary Pursuits

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

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...

Location: I-Friends-1976-10

Subject: Business and Industry, Literary Pursuits

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from Henry Dallam to W. Boyd Williams
October 5, 1847

Henry Clay Dallam (Class of 1848) asks William Boyd Williams "to procure for me 'a literal translation of the Plays of Sophocles'" and to mail it to Dickinson. "I have a large amount of extra study to do" and, as Dallam explains, "I am anxious to...

Collegian (Vol. 1, No. 1)
March 1849

The first issue of the Collegian, Dickinson College's first monthly literary publication. Includes "Nationality," "Machine for Grinding Poetry," "Love in College," "Translation of Cleanthe's Hymn to Jupiter," and "The Spartan Youth."...

Location: Dickinsoniana Periodicals

Subject: Dickinson College Student Life, Literary Pursuits

Format: Newspapers and Magazines

Time Period: 1840-1859

Collegian (Vol. 1, No. 2)
April 1849

The second issue of the Collegian, Dickinson College's first monthly literary publication. Includes "The Tyrol," "Love and Scholarship," "Communings with the Departed," "The Song of the Wind," "War," and "Ernest Maltravers."

The...

Location: Dickinsoniana Periodicals

Subject: Dickinson College Student Life, Literary Pursuits

Format: Newspapers and Magazines

Time Period: 1840-1859

Collegian (Vol. 1, No. 3)
May 1849

The third issue of the Collegian, Dickinson College's first monthly literary publication. Includes "Reflections on the Coats-of-Arms of the States," "The Indian Maiden," "Philosophy of Fashion," "Epidemic Sympathy," "Last Verses of...

Location: Dickinsoniana Periodicals

Subject: Dickinson College Student Life, Literary Pursuits

Format: Newspapers and Magazines

Time Period: 1840-1859

Collegian (Vol. 1, No. 4)
June 1849

The fourth issue of the Collegian, Dickinson College's first monthly literary publication. Includes "The Power of Sacrifice," "The 'Me'," "Logan's Revenge," "True Estimate of Self," and "Extract - Prometheus Chained."

The Belles...

Location: Dickinsoniana Periodicals

Subject: Dickinson College Student Life, Literary Pursuits

Format: Newspapers and Magazines

Time Period: 1840-1859

Collegian (Vol. 1, No. 5)
July 1849

The final issue of the Collegian, Dickinson College's first monthly literary publication. Includes "Gregory VII," "The Breakers," "A Thunder Storm," "The European Crisis," "The College of the Magii," "American Prejudices," "Recollections...

Location: Dickinsoniana Periodicals

Subject: Dickinson College Student Life, Literary Pursuits, Politics and Government

Format: Newspapers and Magazines

Time Period: 1840-1859

"The American Newspaper Press," by Henry B. Ridgaway
July 12, 1849

Hneyr B. Ridgaway prepared this oration, entitled “The American Newspaper Press," for the commencement ceremonies held July 12, 1849. Authoring an original speech was among the graduation requirements for Dickinson College seniors at that time....

Location: Orations-1849-R544a

Subject: Literary Pursuits, Politics and Government

Format: Speeches and Sermons

Time Period: 1840-1859

"Robert Burns," by Alexander M. Hamilton
July 11, 1850

Alexander M. Hamilton prepared this oration, entitled “Robert Burns," for the commencement ceremonies held July 11, 1850. Authoring an original speech was among the graduation requirements for Dickinson College seniors at that time. Transcript...

Location: Orations-1850-H217r

Subject: Literary Pursuits

Format: Speeches and Sermons

Time Period: 1840-1859

"The Historian," by Flavel C. Barber
July 11, 1850

Flavel C. Barber prepared this oration, entitled “The Historian," for the commencement ceremonies held July 11, 1850. Authoring an original speech was among the graduation requirements for Dickinson College seniors at that time. Transcript...

Location: Orations-1850-B234h

Subject: Education, Literary Pursuits

Format: Speeches and Sermons

Time Period: 1840-1859

"American Literature," by Henry H. Pfeiffer
July 13, 1854

Henry Hamilton Pfeiffer prepared this oration, entitled “American Literature," for the commencement ceremonies held July 13, 1854. Authoring an original speech was among the graduation requirements for Dickinson College seniors at that time....

Location: Orations-1854-P526a

Subject: Literary Pursuits

Format: Speeches and Sermons

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from Howell Cobb to David Tompkins
October 5, 1857

Treasury Secretary Howell Cobb writes to David Tompkins and accepts his election to the James Buchanan Literary Association of New Haven, Connecticut.

Location: I-Purchase-1966-1

Subject: Literary Pursuits, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from James Buchanan to New York City Burns Club
January 15, 1859

President James Buchanan writes the Burns Club of the City of New York to decline the club's invitation to a dinner celebrating Robert Burns's centennial birthday. Buchanan also expresses his personal views on the poet's life and work. "[Burns]...

Location: I-Friends-2011-3

Subject: Literary Pursuits

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

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