Personal and Family Life

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Letter from Lily Macalester to Mrs. Lathrop
May 30, 1860

Lily Macalester writes to her aunt about the details of a wedding she attended and the bride's gown. Macalester, who is staying at the White House while in Washington D.C., also notes how "the President was quite pleased at your message" and mentions seeing the visiting Japanese dignitaries at...

Location: I-Friends-2000-7

Subject: Personal and Family Life, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

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...

Letter from Moncure Conway to Unknown Recipient
December 13, [1860?]

Clergyman and abolitionist Moncure Daniel Conway (Class of 1849) writes to an unspecified man, stating that he has accepted Laurence Hutton's invitation to an upcoming meeting and asking permission to bring his friend John Bigelow with him.

Location: I-AsbellY-2003-10

Subject: Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letters from Andrew Curtin to Eli Slifer, 1860-63
1860-1863

Governor Andrew Curtin writes eleven letters to Eli Slifer in which he offers him the position as Secretary of the Commonwealth, describes his preference for David Wilmot as Senator, recommends Wallace Kerr for the vacant clerkship in Slifer's office, notes problems with General Biddle's...

Letters from Thomas Orwig to Eli Slifer
1861-1864

Thomas Orwig writes twelve letters to Eli Slifer, the Secretary of the Commonwealth during the Civil War, regarding Orwig's military and administrative affairs with Battery "E" of 1st Pennsylvania artillery. " My greatest [military] ambition is to crush the rebellion," as Orwig notes....

Letters from Jacob Frick to Eli Slifer
February - December 1861

Jacob G. Frick writes thirteen letters to Eli Silfer, the Secretary of the Commonwealth under Governor Andrew Curtin, on a number of topics, including conflict with Baltimore over commerce, affairs in military administration and compensation, as well as daily life in the Union army during the...

Letter from James Buchanan to James Gordon Bennett
March 11, 1861

Former President James Buchanan writes publisher James Gordon Bennett several days after leaving the White House and asks that the New York Herald be sent to him in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Buchanan also reflects on his administration, describing it as "eminently successful in its...

Location: MC 1998.10, B4, F4

Subject: Personal and Family Life, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letters from Thomas Dick (May - Dec. 1861)
May - December 1861

Thomas William Dick writes a series of six letters to his family and friends describing his experience as a soldier in the Union Army during the Civil War. Dick discusses the possibility of taking a leave of absence and daily life in the military camp. He also describes several confrontations...

Location: MC 2001.10, B1, F2

Subject: Military Affairs and Conflict, Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letters from John Cuddy (Jun. - Aug. 1861)
June - August 1861

John Taylor Cuddy writes six letters to his mother and father, describing life as a soldier in the Union army at the start of the Civil War. Transcripts included. 

Location: MC 2001.9, B1, F3

Subject: Military Affairs and Conflict, Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from David Hastings to Edgar Hastings
July 11, 1861

David Hastings congratulates Edgar E. Hastings (Class of 1865) for coming out at the head of his class at Dickinson College following the final examinations. Hastings also shares news from Harrisburg as well as notes that Bob Noble had become "another victim of evil Company." "Had [Noble]...

Location: I-Friends-1975-15

Subject: Education, Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letters from John Cuddy (Sept. - Dec. 1861)
September - December 1861

John Taylor Cuddy writes six letters to his friends and family, describing life as a soldier for the Union Army along with his experience in military campaigns during the Civil War. "I think it a long time to see you all but I think that this [war] will be over till next [summer] for the rebels...

Location: MC 2001.9, B1, F3

Subject: Military Affairs and Conflict, Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from Mary Dick to Thomas Dick
September 20, [1861?]

Mary M. Dick writes her older brother, a soldier in the Union Army during the Civil War, and shares family news. "Father and the rest are so engaged between the farm and the shop," as Mary explains to Thomas William Dick. Transcript included.

Location: Mc 2001.10, B1, F1

Subject: Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letters from John Cuddy (Jan. 1862)
January 1862

John Taylor Cuddy writes a series of four letters to his friends and family, describing life as a solider for the Union Army along with his experience in military campaigns during the Civil War. Transcripts included.

Location: MC 2001.9, B1, F4

Subject: Military Affairs and Conflict, Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letters from Thomas Dick (Jan. - Mar. 1862)
January - March 1862

Thomas William Dick writes five letters to his friends and family describing his experience as a soldier in the Union Army during the Civil War. Dick discusses daily life in the military camp, in addition to encounters with the "rebel" army. "Our religious privileges here are very limited: we...

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 John Cuddy (Feb. 1862)
February 1862

John Taylor Cuddy writes six letters to his friends and family, describing life as a solider for the Union Army along with his experience in military campaigns during the Civil War. "We have good news from the south we have licked them a few places I do not think that this ware [war] can last...

Location: MC 2001.9, B1, F4

Subject: Military Affairs and Conflict, Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letters from Thomas Chamberlin to Eli Slifer
1862-1863

Thomas Chamberlin writes eleven letters to Eli Slifer, the Secretary of the Commonwealth under Governor Curtin, regarding life in the camp of a Union Army company during the Civil War. Chamberlin also discusses the weather, sickness, geography, and military tactics. "The suggestion that [...

Letters from John Cuddy (Mar. - Apr. 1862)
March - April 1862

John Taylor Cuddy writes six letters to friends and family describing his experience as a soldier of the Union Army during the Civil War. Cuddy, who mentions the places that his division travels through, also maintains an optimistic outlook on the war despite expressing a wish to return home. "...

Location: MC 2001.9, B1, F5

Subject: Military Affairs and Conflict, Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letters from Jacob Frick to Eli Slifer
1862-1863

Jacob G. Frick writes eight letters to Eli Slifer, the Secretary of the Commonwealth under Governor Andrew Curtin, on a number of topics, including military-related travel and campaigns, Frick's opinion on the administration of select regiments and the ability to resolve conflict, a court-...

Letters from Thomas Dick (May - Aug. 1862)
May - August 1862

Thomas William Dick writes five letters to his family describing his experience as a soldier in the Union Army during the Civil War. Dick discusses daily life in the military camp, in addition to his own thoughts on the war. "I think none of us now doubt the valor of the southern troops... But I...

Letter from James Buchanan to Thomas A. Goodman
May 8, 1862

Former President James Buchanan explains to Thomas A. Goodman that he will not provide the autograph of another individual. While "it is true that in the course of my life I have received letters from most of the persons you enumerate," Buchanan explains that "those of importance have been filed...

Location: MC 1998.10, B4, F6

Subject: Personal and Family Life, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letters from John Cuddy (May - Jun. 1862)
May - June 1862

John Taylor Cuddy writes a series of four letters to friends and family describing his experience as a soldier of the Union Army during the Civil War. Cuddy remarks on the places that he travels through and expresses some exhaustion amid hope for a forthcoming end to the war. Transcripts...

Location: MC 2001.9, B1, F5

Subject: Military Affairs and Conflict, Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letters from Theodore Christ to Eli Slifer
June 1862- December 1863

Dr. Theodore Christ writes six letters to Eli Slifer, the Secretary of the Commonwealth under Governor Andrew Curtin, regarding his experience as a doctor in the Union Army during the Civil War. Christ describes problems with supplies as well as military engagements in Virginia, South Carolina,...

Letters from John Cuddy (Jul. - Oct. 1862)
July - October 1862

John Taylor Cuddy writes seven letters to his friends and family in which he shares his experiences fighting for the Union Army during the Civil War. Cuddy describes places he sees as well as several engagements, including noting the casualties in his unit. "I will [get] through this [war] for I...

Location: MC 2001.9, B1, F6

Subject: Military Affairs and Conflict, Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letters from Thomas Dick (Sept. - Oct. 1862)
September - October 1862

Thomas William Dick writes two letters to his family describing his experience as a soldier of the Union Army during the Civil War. Dick talks about the battles he has witnessed, religious life in the military camp, and shares his thoughts on the future of the conflict. "I don't know what this...

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