Personal and Family Life

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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 will not come on this week."  Taney also notes...

Location: I-SpahrB-1965-4

Subject: Legal Affairs, Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Journal of Moncure D. Conway
1851-1853

Moncure Daniel Conway, a 1849 graduate of Dickinson College, records a critical time in his personal development as he moves from life as a Methodist preacher to Harvard Divinity School, Unitarianism, and freethought, meeting and befriending Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau along the...

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...

Letter from James Buchanan to James Henry
May 3, 1851

James Buchanan writes his nephew and legal ward, James Buchanan Henry, to discuss a recent school report. "In Scholarship you are 93.9; not so high as formerly," as Buchanan notes. In addition, Buchanan comments on his niece, Harriet Lane, and mentions the recent death of a Mrs. Pleasanton....

Location: I-Friends-2010-2

Subject: Education, Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from Herman Johnson to Unknown Recipient
August 25, 1851

Dickinson College Professor Herman M. Johnson writes this letter to recommend a recent graduate, Martin T. Rohrer (Class of 1851), for a teaching position. Rohrer "is a young gentleman whom we believe to be... well qualified to fill the office of...

Location: I-SpahrB-1952-9

Subject: Dickinson College Alumni Affairs, Education, Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from Thomas Sudler to Unknown Recipient
August 26, 1851

Former Dickinson College Professor Thomas Emory Sudler (Class of 1840) writes this letter to recommend a recent graduate, Martin T. Rohrer (Class of 1851), for a teaching position. Rohrer "is a Gentleman qualified to give instruction" in subjects such as "Algebra, Geometry, [and] Trigonometry,"...

Location: I-SpahrB-1952-9

Subject: Dickinson College Alumni Affairs, Education, Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from Hetty Parker to James Henry
September 12, 1851

Hetty Parker, James Buchanan's housekeeper, writes to James B. Henry, Buchanan's nephew. Parker reports news of various Buchanan family relatives and friends, including Miss Ward, Mr. Lane, Miss Harriet, and many others. Transcript included.

Location: I-Friends-2010-3

Subject: Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from Roger B. Taney to William P. Smith
November 13, 1851

Roger Brooke Taney, Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court, writes to Mr. William Prescott Smith: "Accept my thanks for the 'Scientific American,' and the two pamphlets.... I was so much impressed with what I saw in my brief visit to the Institute a few evenings ago...." An engraving...

Letter from James Buchanan to James Henry
March 26, 1852

James Buchanan (Class of 1809) writes to his nephew, James Buchanan Henry, and congratulates him for good grades in mathematics as well as offers advice for an upcoming exam. Buchanan also mentions his niece Harriet Lane, who is in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania but expected to return in the coming...

Location: I-AsbellY-2003-8

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

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from Jesse Peck to A. W. Foote
April 7, 1852

Jesse Peck, President of Dickinson College, responds to A. W. Foote's request for an autograph. 

Location: I-SpahrB-1963-6

Subject: Dickinson College Administration, Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from James Buchanan to James Henry
May 5, 1852

James Buchanan writes his nephew and legal ward, James Henry, to ask about "the results" of a class meeting at Princeton and discuss plans for an upcoming vacation. Buchanan also includes a brief report on their family, including how "Harriet [Lane] returned from Pittsburgh ten days ago in good...

Location: I-Friends-2010-2

Subject: Education, Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Journal of Charles Collins
September 12, 1852 - December 22, 1854

Charles Collins records his thoughts and activities during the early years of his tenure as president of Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania. After his "first sermon in Carlisle," Collins notes how he "was somewhat embarrassed." "I could not for a while banish the thought that I was...

Letter from James Buchanan to James Henry
September 17, 1852

James Buchanan writes to his nephew and legal ward, James Buchanan Henry. Buchanan is pleased with the news of Henry's success from his last letter. Buchanan also reports that Miss Hetty [Parker], his housekeeper, "says she has not heard any news for year that has pleased her so much." However,...

Location: I-Friends-2010-2

Subject: Education, Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from Roger B. Taney to J. Mason Campbell
October 8, 1852

Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger Brooke Taney writes to J. Mason Campbell and provides an update on his travel plans. Campbell should expect Taney and his wife to arrive [in Baltimore?] on Tuesday morning because Mrs. Taney is not well enough to make the journey tonight (Friday). Taney notes...

Location: I-SpahrB-1965-20

Subject: Health and Medicine, Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from James Buchanan to James Henry
October 11, 1852

James Buchanan (Class of 1809) writes to his nephew James Buchanan Henry after returning from a trip to Greensburg, Pennsylvania. Buchanan encloses $15 to Henry "according to [his] request," but has "no time to write [him] at length."

Location: I-AsbellY-2003-6

Subject: Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from James Buchanan to James Henry
October 20, 1852

James Buchanan writes to his nephew and legal ward, James Buchanan Henry, regarding how Henry has not confirmed whether he received the the $15 mailed on the 11th. Buchanan hopes that Henry is not negligent on this account and that, instead, the letter was lost.

Location: I-Friends-2010-2

Subject: Economics and Finance, Education, Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from Hetty Parker to James Henry
November 9, 1852

Hetty Parker, James Buchanan's housekeeper, writes to James B. Henry, Buchanan's nephew. Parker discusses Buchanan's travels and mentions that "President Pierce is anxious to have your Uncle Secretary of State but wether he will except or not I can not say." Transcript included.

Location: I-Friends-2010-3

Subject: Personal and Family Life, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from James Buchanan to James Henry
November 16, 1852

James Buchanan writes to his nephew and legal ward, James Buchanan Henry, regarding commencement at Princeton and Henry's plans for after graduation. "I shall certainly attend your commencement, should your position in the Class be such as I fondly hope & expect," as Buchanan explains. While...

Location: I-Friends-2010-2

Subject: Education, Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

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 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 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 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.

Journal of Tiphen W. Allen
November 1853 - August 1854

Tiphen Walsingham Allen, from Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, records his thoughts and activities from November 1853 to August 1854 as a student at Dickinson College. Allen is a member of the Class of 1854. Transcript included.

Letter from Harriet Lane to Mrs. Christopher L. Ward
December 30, 1853

Harriet Lane writes to her friend Mrs. Christopher L. Ward in December 1853. Transcript included.

Location: MC 1998.10, B4, F16

Subject: Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

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.

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