Personal and Family Life

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Letters from Spencer Baird to George Lawrence (Apr. - Jun. 1872)
April - June 1872

Spencer Fullerton Baird, Assistant Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, writes five letters to George Lawrence in which he discusses his attempt in encouraging Dr. Feuchtwanger to give his collection of minerals to the Smithsonian. Baird also asks Lawrence for some of his illustrations of...

Location: MC 2000.11, B1, F14

Subject: Personal and Family Life, Science and Technology, Travel and Tourism

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letters from Spencer Baird to George Lawrence (Jul. – Aug. 1872)
July - August 1872

Spencer Fullerton Baird, Assistant Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, writes two letters to George Lawrence regarding travel plans and the weather. Transcripts included.

Location: MC 2000.11, B1, F15

Subject: Personal and Family Life, Travel and Tourism, Weather and Climate

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

 Letters from Spencer Baird to George Lawrence (Oct. – Dec. 1872)
October - December 1872

Spencer Fullerton Baird, Assistant Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, writes two short letters to George Lawrence in which he discusses travel plans and his intention to meet with him. Baird also confirms the receipt of the drawings and notebooks of Col. Grayson. Transcripts included. ...

Location: MC 2000.11, B1, F16

Subject: Personal and Family Life, Science and Technology, Travel and Tourism

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from Spencer Baird to George Lawrence
November 28, 1872

Assistant Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution Spencer Baird writes to George Lawrence regarding payment for the New York Herald. Baird also describes Robert Ridgway's plans for travelling to Boston and New York City.

Location: I-SpahrB-1966-12

Subject: Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letters from Spencer Baird to George Lawrence (Jan. – Jul. 1873)
January - July 1873

Spencer Fullerton Baird, Assistant Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, writes three letters to George Lawrence in which he discusses the merits of a novel collection of Alaskan birds, and describes his stay in Portland. Transcripts included. 

Location: MC 2000.11, B1, F17

Subject: Personal and Family Life, Science and Technology, Travel and Tourism

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from Charles Himes to William Fisher
June 5, 1874

Professor Charles Himes writes Professor William Fisher a "strictly confidential" letter to discuss several sensitive issues related to Dickinson College. Professor Himes mentions the upcoming Board of Trustee meeting and discusses how they might decide to fill several faculty vacancies. In...

Letter from Charles Himes to William Fisher
July 27, 1874

Professor Charles Himes writes Professor William Fisher to discuss various affairs at Dickinson College. Professor Himes notes an allegation that Fisher might soon be directly involved in, and warns him to be cautious of these allegations. Himes ends with some brief information about a mutual...

Letter from Charles Himes to William Fisher
August 17, 1874

Professor Charles Francis Himes writes Professor William Fisher to discuss a controversy related to how the Dickinson College Board of Trustees decided to fill faculty positions. Himes also mentions his recent activities and travels as well as prospects for the upcoming year. Himes ('55) and...

Letter from Horatio King to Unknown Recipient
circa 1875

Horatio King responds to a request for his autograph. The note may have been removed from the bottom of a letter. King, father of Horatio Collins King (Class of 1858), served as Postmaster General and was the first to officially deny the right of secession in early 1861 by tying franking...

Location: I-Friends-1995-1

Subject: Personal and Family Life, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from Moncure Conway to St. Clair M’Kelway
June 21, 1875

Clergyman and abolitionist Moncure Daniel Conway (Class of 1849) bids farewell to newspaper editor St. Clair M'Kelway before leaving Belgium. Conway encloses postage for 100 issues of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, M'Kelway's publication, and promises to "read no other paper."

Location: I-AsbellY-2004-2

Subject: Personal and Family Life, Travel and Tourism

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from Spencer Baird to James Ames
March 29, 1876

Naturalist Spencer Fullerton Baird (Class of 1843) writes to James T. Ames about his hopes of having "a good long talk." Baird tried calling at Ames's hotel, but he was not there. Baird gives Ames his hours at the Smithsonian and invites him to visit there or at his home.

Location: I-Friends-1983-11

Subject: Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from Edwin Abbey to George Boughton
August 13, 1879

Edwin Austin Abbey writes to George Henry Boughton apologizing for not having said goodbye before leaving. Abbey further seeks forgiveness for having disliked Moncure Conway prior to formally meeting him with Boughton. Abbey describes the time he has spent traveling with Conway and reflects on...

Location: I-Purchase-1954-2

Subject: Literary Pursuits, Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

"Death of Hon. M. J. Parrott," by Anonymous
October 1879

An anonymous author writes this obituary for Marcus J. Parrott soon after his death in Dayton, Ohio on October 4, 1879. "Mr. Parrott," as the author observes, "was known all over Kansas as one of the most eloquent men in the state and when announced to speak at any point tremendous crowds...

Location: I-Friends-2004-3

Subject: Personal and Family Life, Politics and Government

Format: Miscellaneous

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from Harriet Lane Johnston to Jeremiah Black
February 7, 1880

Harriet Lane Johnston writes Judge Jeremiah Sullivan Black to defending her uncle's (President James Buchanan) motives for distribution of offices during his administration.  "One thing I do know," as Johnston explains, is "that if he had an...

Location: MC 1998.10, B4, F16

Subject: Personal and Family Life, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1880-1899

Letter from Harriet Beecher Stowe to Susie Howard
May 2, 1880

Harriet Beecher Stowe writes to Susie Howard and asks for help in buying a layette for her first grandchild as well as discusses plans for their upcoming trip to Saco, Maine. Stowe also mentions how she "had to give up going" to another city. "I can't be everywhere at once," as Stowe explains....

Location: MC 1999.9, B2, F5

Subject: Personal and Family Life, Travel and Tourism

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1880-1899

Letter from Spencer Baird to Horatio Storer
May 18, 1880

Secretary of the Smithsonian Spencer F. Baird writes to Dr. Horatio R. Storer regarding accommodations in Newport. While Baird thanks Storer for his assistance, Baird notes that he "may have to visit Newport personally before I can settle the matter finally in my own mind."

Location: I-SpahrB-1966-9

Subject: Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1880-1899

Letter from Harriet Beecher Stowe to Susie Howard
June 14, 1880

Harriet Beecher Stowe writes Susie Howard to discuss plans for their trip to Saco, Maine. Stowe also mentions the possibility of stopping at a Mrs. Claflin's house during the trip. "She will be delighted to see you," as Stowe explains. Stowe also asks Howard to "reply immediately." "I want to go...

Location: MC 1999.9, B2, F5

Subject: Personal and Family Life, Travel and Tourism

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1880-1899

Letter from Harriet Beecher Stowe to Susie Howard
June 16, 1880

Harriet Beecher Stowe writes Susie Howard and discusses plans for their trip to Saco, Maine.

Location: MC 1999.9, B2, F5

Subject: Personal and Family Life, Travel and Tourism

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1880-1899

Letter from Moncure Conway to Mr. Woolner
May 10, 1881

Moncure D. Conway writes Mr. Woolner to clarify his request for a photograph of Mr. Woolner's "bust of [Thomas] Carlyle."

Location: I-Friends-2001-1

Subject: Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1880-1899

Letter from Samuel Barlow to George Curtis
October 17, 1881

Samuel Barlow writes to George Ticknor Curtis about Curtis' James Buchanan manuscript that contains material on Buchanan's engagement to Miss Anna Coleman. Barlow argues that Curtis "should not print any considerable portion of what you have written, on the subject of his engagement to Miss...

Letter from Harriet Beecher Stowe to Susie Howard
December 21, 1882

Harriet Beecher Stowe writes to Susie Howard and apologizes for "neglect." "I was so unwell and Mr. Stowe so unwell... that nobody ought to have expected any thing of me," as Stowe explains. Stowe also tells Howard that her Christmas card is in the mail.

Location: MC 1999.9, B2, F5

Subject: Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1880-1899

Letter from Harriet Beecher Stowe to Susie Howard
February 5, 1883

Harriet Beecher Stowe writes to Susie Howard regarding her poor health, complaining of crippling rheumatism, and family news. "Everything tires me - though I try to act as if I feel well," as Stowe explains. Stowe also mentions that all her friends are gone and that she believes that she is...

Location: MC 1999.9, B2, F5

Subject: Health and Medicine, Personal and Family Life, Religion and Spirituality

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1880-1899

Letter from Harriet Beecher Stowe to Susie Howard
June 19, 1883

Harriet Beecher Stowe writes Susie Howard and discusses her acceptance of a invitation by a "Mrs. White."

Location: MC 1999.9, B2, F5

Subject: Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1880-1899

Letter from Ulysses Grant to Julia Grant
September 2, 1883

Former President Ulysses S. Grant writes to his wife, Julia Grant. He writes about his travels to Minnetonka Lake, which he describes as "a beautiful sheet of water almost as large as Como, in Switzerland, filled with islands." Transcript included.

Location: I-SpahrB-1953-9

Subject: Personal and Family Life, Travel and Tourism

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1880-1899

Letter from Andrew Curtin to James Pollock
October 15, 1883

Pennsylvania Representative Andrew Gregg Curtin (Class of 1837) writes attorney James Pollock and proposes a meeting in Philadelphia.

Location: I-BeachW-1974-6

Subject: Personal and Family Life, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1880-1899

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