Personal and Family Life

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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 S. Homer Dosh to Mrs. J. H. C. Dosh
February 2, 1876

S. Homer Dosh writes to his mother, Mrs. J. H. C. Dosh, about life in Carlisle as a student at Dickinson College. He comments on the Presbyterian church, saying that the ministers are boring and that there "is not fire enough in the meetings." In addition, Dosh expresses an interest in possibly...

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

Letter from William Emory to Horatio Collins King
April 25, 1884

Civil War General William Hemsley Emory writes to Horatio Collins King, accepting the latter's invitation to attend the reunion of the Society of the Army of the Potomac, so long as "the gout which is very capricious and wayword, is not on [him]..."

Location: I-BeachW-1975-5

Subject: Military Affairs and Conflict, Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1880-1899

Letter from Francis Fessenden to Horatio Collins King
April 26, 1884

Civil War General Francis Fessenden writes to Horatio Collins King, declining the latter's invitation to attend the reunion of the Army of the Potomac in Brooklyn.

Location: I-BeachW-1975-6

Subject: Military Affairs and Conflict, Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1880-1899

Letter from Nahum Capen to Horatio King
September 19, 1884

Nahum Capen writes to Horatio King to decline an invitation and to discuss the philosophy of dreams. Capen was postmaster of Boston, Massachusetts, from 1857 to 1861 while King served as Assistant Postmaster General from 1854 to 1861 and as Postmaster General from February 12, 1861 to March 7,...

Location: I-Purchase-1964-3

Subject: Personal and Family Life, Religion and Spirituality

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1880-1899

Letter from Hiester H. Muhlenberg to Catharine Muhlenberg
circa 1885

Hiester H. Muhlenberg writes to his wife, Catharine, with instructions on funeral arrangements in the event of his death.

Location: I-Friends-2013-2

Subject: Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1880-1899

Letter from Horatio King to John Cunningham
April 4, 1885

Horatio King writes John Cunningham telling him he put the sketches he received in his scrapbook. King gives corrections on Secretary of the Interior Jacob Thompson's resignation in January 1861 over the sailing of the Star of the West to supply Fort Sumter, on Jefferson Davis's age, on...

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