Personal and Family Life

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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...

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'...

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...

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...

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

Letter from William Wilkins to His Children
May 17, 1835

William Wilkins, Minister to Russia, writes to all six of his children from St. Petersburg, with a paragraph to each. Transcript included.

Location: O-Friends-1982-2

Subject: Personal and Family Life, Travel and Tourism

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1820-1839

John Wilson Family Genealogy
1835 - circa 1950

This file contains information related to John Wilson's family genealogy. Dr. Wilson (1768-1835) is a member of the Class of 1792. Besides an obituary for Wilson by a Dr. John Lilly, there are also two family descendants charts. The first chart...

Letter from Roger B. Taney to Unknown Recipient
November 6, 1835

Chief Justice of the United States Roger Brooke Taney writes to an unknown correspondent and introduces his friend, Mr. Mackall, who is in Washington DC "in consequence of some difficulty concerning his son at West Point."

Location: I-Original-1835-2

Subject: Military Affairs and Conflict, Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1820-1839

Report from John Durbin to John Rhoads
February 15, 1836

Dickinson College President John P. Durbin sends Rev. John Rhodes a report on the conduct of Joseph Clubine Rhodes (Class of 1838). The report lists the number of times that Joseph has been absent from his literary exercises, prayers, and public...

Letter from George Chambers to Levi Woodbury
June 3, 1836

George Chambers, trustee of Dickinson College, informs Secretary of the Treasury Levi Woodbury about Representative Thomas McCullough's request that his son, Alexander McCullough, receive an appointment in the United States Navy. Transcript...

Letter from Henry Logan to Martin Van Buren (Draft)
January 18, 1839

Pennsylvania Representative Henry Logan's draft of his response to a dinner invitation from President Martin Van Buren for January 23, 1839.

Location: I-LoganH-1968-1

Subject: Personal and Family Life, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1820-1839

Letter from John Durbin to C. Walborn
February 18, 1839

Dickinson College President John P. Durbin writes C. A. Walborn regarding the case of a Mr. Dodge. "If I can extract any information" from Mr. Dodge, Durbin explains that "I shall have to tell him that we do not consider the case closed at all."...

Location: I-SpahrB-1966-5

Subject: Legal Affairs, Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1820-1839

Letter from James Buchanan to Garret Wall
May 2, 1839

Senator James Buchanan (Class of 1809) writes to General Garret D. Wall regarding the education of his orphaned niece Harriet R. Lane, whom he raised.

Location: I-AsbellY-2002-70

Subject: Education, Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1820-1839

Letter from John Zug to Margaret Hood
December 16, 1839

John Zug (Class of 1837) writes to his girlfriend, Margaret Hood, and describes his first days of work as a lawyer. Zug explains that his colleagues are "ungodly men, not only irreligious, but most of them profane." Zug is happy, however, to have...

Letters from James Buchanan to Reah Frazer
1840-1844

Senator James Buchanan writes five letters to Col Reah Frazer regarding a number of different political issues, including the 1840 Democratic National Convention, the 1840 and 1844 Presidential Elections, the Independent Treasury Bill,...

Letters from James Buchanan to Unknown Recipients
1840-1855

Senator James Buchanan writes four letters on a number of different topics, including Congressional legislation on bankruptcy, banks, the Tariff bill, the 1844 Democratic National Convention in Baltimore, and political conditions in Pennsylvania...

Letter from Richard Rush to George Moore
September 8, 1840

Richard Rush, son of Dickinson College Founder Benjamin Rush, responds to a letter from George H. Moore. Rush explains that he cannot fulfill Moore's request for notes or autographs belonging to his father, stating: "all that I had of a nature to...

Location: I-AsbellY-2003-13

Subject: Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from Roger B. Taney to J. Mason Campbell
January 18, 1841

Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger Brooke Taney writes J. Mason Campbell to defend a decision he made as Acting Secretary of War (June - August 1831) during President Andrew Jackson's administration. "When I acted as Secretary of War, I was [also...

Location: I-SpahrB-1965-12

Subject: Legal Affairs, Personal and Family Life, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from Charles Stinson to His Father
September 15, 1841

Charles Stinson (Class of 1845) writes to his father about his trip to Carlisle and starting classes at Dickinson. After meeting with President John Durbin, Stinson notes that the "conclusion is... that I am wholly unprepared to enter" as a...

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