Personal and Family Life

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Letter from John Leamy to James Hamilton
December 19, 1815

John A. Leamy writes James Hamilton Jr. and expresses his hopes to visit Carlisle again. In addition, Leamy informs Hamilton of Napoleon Bonaparte's downfall as the ruler of France.

Location: I-Original-1815-1

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

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1800-1819

Letters from Roger B. Taney and Jane Shaaff to Arthur Shaaff
August 14, 1820

Two letters, sent together to Arthur Shaaff in Scotland. In the first letter, Maryland State Senator Roger Brooke Taney writes to Arthur Shaaff and informs him about the state of his late father's estate and advises him not to abandon his schooling abroad in Glasgow in order to return home....

Location: I-SpahrB-undated-41

Subject: Economics and Finance, Education, Legal Affairs, Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1820-1839

Letter from Roger B. Taney to J. Meredith
April 11, 1821

Attorney Roger Brooke Taney writes to another lawyer, J. Meredith, and agrees to accept Meredith's friends as a student in his law office. "Your friend will with pleasure be received into my office if he wishes it," as Taney notes. Taney also recommends "Mrs. Kimballs" as "the only good private...

Location: I-PotamkinM-1982-1

Subject: Education, Legal Affairs, Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1820-1839

Letter from Mary Gurney to Charles Poulson
June 11, 1822

Mary Gurney writes to Charles A. Poulson and describes how she "went over to Brooklyn this morning" from New York City and recounts her activities during her brief stay.

Location: I-Purchase-1967-3

Subject: Personal and Family Life, Travel and Tourism

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1820-1839

Letter from Anna Barbauld to Ritchard Taylor
February 17, 1824

Anna Laetitia Barbauld asks Ritchard Taylor to post a letter for her and to come visit.

Location: I-Friends-1974-10

Subject: Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1820-1839

Letter from Robert Waln Jr. to Samuel Sitgreaves
May 24, 1824

Author Robert Waln, Jr. writes Pennsylvania politician Samuel Sitgreaves to ask for information about the life of James Wilson for a book entitled Biography of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence. Waln poses nine questions to Sitgreaves regarding Wilson's personal and...

Letter from Roger B. Taney to William Beall
March 22, 1826

Attorney Roger Brooke Taney writes to William Beall, a member of Andrew Jackson's Democratic Central Committee, regarding legal issues of a mutual acquaintance. "You have I presume heard of the unfortunate affair in which Romeo's son William was supposed to be engaged" and, as Taney notes, "I...

Location: I-AsbellY-2004-8

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

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1820-1839

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 Samuel How to Ashbel Green
April 23, 1827

Rev. Samuel B. How writes to Reverend Ashbel Green to settle his accounts and explain that he must leave the pastorate because his wife is sick. "[The] wretched state of Mrs. How’s health has induced [me] to believe that it is my duty to leave this Southern Country and accordingly I have...

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 Charles Cleveland to Alexander Nisbet
September 5, 1830

Professor Charles Dexter Cleveland writes to Alexander Nisbet regarding his feelings for Nisbet's niece, Miss Alison McCoskry. " Almost at our very first meeting I found myself agitated by feelings that I never before had experienced," as Cleveland explains. Cleveland also expresses concern over...

Location: I-ClevelandR-1978-1

Subject: Health and Medicine, Personal and Family Life, Weather and Climate

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...

November 4, 1832

Captain Jesse D. Elliot writes to Dickinson College trustee Isaac B. Parker regarding Elliot's belief that he expects to command the military expedition against South Carolina in the nullification crisis. Elliot also mentions the 1832 Presidential Election and hopes that General Andrew Jackson...

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...

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