Personal and Family Life

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Letter from Mary Nisbet to Alexander Turnbull
June 24, 1826

Mary Nisbet Turnbull writes to her son, Alexander Turnbull, discussing new developments in the affairs of his father's estate, in addition to the lives of other members of their family. Transcript included.

Location: MC 2001.7, B1, F25

Subject: Land and Real Estate, Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1820-1839

Letters from James Buchanan to John Reynolds
1827-1842

James Buchanan writes six letters to John Reynolds on a variety of different legal and political matters, including the Presidential elections of 1828 and 1844, Buchanan's experience living in Russia as the US minister, and increasing sectional tensions. Transcripts included. 

Letter from Richard Rush to E. H. Mills
May 15, 1827

Secretary of the Treasury Richard Rush acknowledges the receipt of two letters and states that he "took pleasure in receiving" E. H. Mills' correspondence.

Location: I-BeachW-1984-7

Subject: Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1820-1839

Letter from Roger B. Taney to Arthur Shaaff
May 14, 1828

Maryland Attorney General Roger Brooke Taney writes to Arthur Shaaff, an attorney in Georgia, to share news about his family as well as discus legal and political issues. Taney notes that his two daughters, along with Shaaff's friends, are in Georgetown for Rebecca Key's wedding. In addition,...

Letter from Roger B. Taney to Arthur Shaaff
December 8, 1828

Maryland Attorney General Roger Brooke Taney writes Arthur Shaaff, an attorney in Georgia, to offer advice about seeking an office in President-Elect Andrew Jackson's administration. "While nobody can undertake to say what course Genl. Jackson will take," Taney notes that Jackson's "friends hope...

Location: I-SpahrB-undated-40

Subject: Personal and Family Life, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1820-1839

Letters from James Buchanan to Isaac D. Barnard
March - August 1829

Representative James Buchanan writes two letters to Senator Isaac D. Barnard to discuss political matters as well as console him for his defeat at the Harrisburg Convention. Transcripts included.

Location: MC 1998.10

Subject: Personal and Family Life, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1820-1839

Letter from Roger B. Taney to John Skinner
December 13, 1831

United States Attorney General Roger B. Taney writes to John Stuart Skinner and apologies for a recent error regarding a nomination.

Location: I-SpahrB-1950-7

Subject: Personal and Family Life, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1820-1839

Letter from John Reynolds to James Buchanan
May 2, 1832

John Reynolds writes to James Buchanan, the United States Minister to Russia, regarding various business matters that he will address while Buchanan is out of the country. "I fear you have had a rough and tedious passage and suffered from sea sickness though I indulge the hope that you are this...

Location: MC 1998.10, B4, F21

Subject: Business and Industry, Personal and Family Life, Travel and Tourism

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1820-1839

Letter from James Buchanan to James Humes
October 13, 1832

James Buchanan writes to James Humes regarding the "unpleasant circumstances attending my departure" from the United States, Pennsylvania Governor George Wolf's re-election, and increasing sectional tensions. Buchanan also describes his experience living in St. Petersburg as the United States...

Letter from Roger B. Taney to Unknown Recipient
December 11, 1832

United States Attorney General Roger Brooke Taney writes to the members of an unspecified society, informing them that he will be unable to attend the funeral of Charles Caroll III. Caroll, a signatory of the Declaration of Independence, died a month prior. Transcript included.

Location: I-AsbellY-2004-8

Subject: Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1820-1839

Letter from James Buchanan to J. Randolph Clay
January 9, 1833

James Buchanan, the Minister to Russia, writes J. Randolph Clay with complaints about the cost of sending mail from the United States to Russia and offers diplomatic advice. Transcript included.

Letter from John Durbin to C. Walborn
January 19, [1833?]

John P. Durbin writes to C. A. Walborn regarding the return of a speech by Mr. Corwin "in pamphlet form" as well as congratulating Walborn on his new house. Durbin also discusses plans for an upcoming trip from Baltimore to Harrisburg.

Location: I-SpahrB-1966-3

Subject: Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1820-1839

Letter from Roger B. Taney to Unknown Recipient
January 27, 1833

United States Attorney General Roger Brooke Taney responds to a request to write a letter on behalf of a friend applying for a divorce. "When I was a member of the Senate," Taney writes, "I voted against all the applications for divorces...not only from the religious opinions I entertain, but...

Journal of Hiester Henry Muhlenberg
July 31 - September 28, 1833

Hiester Henry Muhlenberg's travel journal, which he titles "Of a Tour in Search of Pleasure & Health," includes almost daily entries between July 31 - September 28, 1833. Muhlenberg ('29) takes this on this trip after he graduates from the University of Pennsylvania Medical School. He...

Location: I-Friends-2013-1

Subject: Personal and Family Life, Travel and Tourism

Format: Diaries and Journals

Time Period: 1820-1839

Letter from Roger B. Taney to William Beall
September 29, 1833

United States Attorney General Roger Brooke Taney writes a confidential letter to William Beall, asking for help defending his character. "Today a friend has sent me the Frederick Herald," Taney explains, "and I perceive that articles in relation to me have been inserted there precisely...

Letter from Richard Rush to A. Dickens
November 8, 1833

Richard Rush writes to lawyer A. Dickens asking for an overview of the "West India trade question," regarding the amount and price of American and British tonnage over the preceeding year. Rush then mentions his failed attempts to visit Dickens' sons.

Location: I-AsbellY-2004-1

Subject: Business and Industry, Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1820-1839

Letter from William Wilkins to Mr. Buckler
December 1833

Senator William Wilkins writes Mr. Buckler and congratulates him on his election. Wilkins writes this letter from the Senate chamber in the United States Capitol.

Location: I-Purchase-1955-61

Subject: Personal and Family Life, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1820-1839

Letter from Roger B. Taney to John Willard
June 19, 1834

United States Treasury Secretary Roger Brooke Taney (Class of 1795) writes to John M. Willard about providing "sufficient evidence of the insolvency and death of [Willard's] co-obligors."

Letter from Roger B. Taney to William Beall
July 25, 1834

Former Secretary of the Treasury Roger Brooke Taney writes to William Beall, agreeing to attend a dinner "which my friends propose to honor me with" and outlining his travel plans for arriving at the event. Transcript included.

Location: I-AsbellY-2004-8

Subject: Personal and Family Life, Travel and Tourism

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1820-1839

Letter from William Wilkins to Matilda Wilkins
October 7, 1834

William Wilkins writes to his wife, Matilda Wilkins, during a trip from Transmundi to St. Petersburg.  He discusses sightseeing in Lubeck and an eight-mile ride in "His Lordship's" carriage.

Location: I-Friends-1982-11

Subject: Personal and Family Life, Travel and Tourism

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1820-1839

Letter from William Wilkins to Matilda Wilkins
October 11, 1834

William Wilkins writes to his wife, Matilda Wilkins, and discusses a recent voyage from London to Tansmundi. William also gives his regards to their children. Transcript included.

Location: I-Friends-1982-11

Subject: Personal and Family Life, Travel and Tourism

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1820-1839

Letter from William Wilkins to Charles Wilkins
December 26, 1834

Diplomat and politician William Wilkins (Class of 1802) writes his son, Charles, and explains the Russian calendar. Wilkins also urges his son to resist temptation.

Location: I-Friends-1982-12

Subject: Personal and Family Life, Travel and Tourism

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1820-1839

Letter from William Wilkins to "Pet" Wilkins
December 29, 1834

Minister to Russia William Wilkins writes to his daughter, whom he calls "Pet."  Wilkins says that he received her letter and describes packages he sent with Mr. Livingstone. He also says that Mr. Biddle is his best friend, and explains that if his son Charles is good then he will get a horse....

Location: I-Friends-1982-13

Subject: International Affairs, Personal and Family Life, Travel and Tourism

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1820-1839

Letter from William Wilkins to Maria Wilkins
January 1835

William Wilkins, United States Minister to Russia, writes to his daughter Maria from abroad. Wilkins tells her about a dinner with the British Minister and wishes that Maria's brother Charles could go to school in St. Petersburg so he could learn French, German, and Russian.

Location: I-Friends-1982-14

Subject: Personal and Family Life, Travel and Tourism

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1820-1839

Letter from William Wilkins to Matilda Wilkins
February 27, 1835

William Wilkins writes to his wife, Matilda Wilkins, expressing fatigue from a journey to Brussels. Transcript included.

Location: I-Friends-1982-11

Subject: Personal and Family Life, Travel and Tourism

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1820-1839

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