Politics and Government

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Letter from James Buchanan to Henry A. Clover
September 20, 1851

James Buchanan writes to Henry A. Clover regarding the Pennsylvania gubernatorial election and the election prospects of Clover's relative. "Your relative General Clover is in no danger" because, as Buchanan explains, "his opponent, John Strohm is one of the fourteen in the House of...

Letter from James Buchanan to Charles Shriner
November 24, 1851

James Buchanan writes Charles H. Shriner regarding the status of the Democratic party in Union County, Pennsylvania. "What is the matter in Union County?," as Buchanan asks. Transcript included.

Location: MC 1998.10, B3, F5

Subject: Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letters from George Miller to Eli Slifer
1852-1862

George Miller writes sixteen letters to Eli Slifer, Secretary of the Commonwealth during the Civil War, in which he discusses construction of the Sunbury and Erie railroad, repeal of the tonnage tax, the raising of a Corps of Engineers, developments in local elections, several legal cases, as...

Letters from James Buchanan to Henry Wise
1852-1857

James Buchanan writes three letters to Henry A. Wise that focus largely on various political matters, including the 1852 Democratic Convention, the election of US Senators from Pennsylvania, and who to appoint to President-elect Buchanan's cabinet. Transcripts included.

Location: MC 1998.10

Subject: Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letters from James Buchanan to James Campbell
1852-1854

James Buchanan writes five letters to James Campbell regarding Pennsylvania politics, the Democratic conventions, President Franklin Pierce's appointments, and Buchanan's experience working as the United States Minister to the United Kingdom. Buchanan also discusses the possibility of a war...

Letter from Simon Cameron to Reah Frazer
March 9, 1852

Simon Cameron writes to Reah Frazer, an attorney in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, and requests copies of James Buchanan's speeches against the war, presumably the Mexican-American War. With them, Cameron explains that southern senators will demolish "the old sage." Cameron, a Pennsylvania...

Location: I-SpahrB-1957-5

Subject: Military Affairs and Conflict, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letters from Andrew Curtin to Eli Slifer, 1852-57
1852-1857

Andrew Curtin writes four letters to Eli Slifer in which he discusses a recent appointment bill and the potential impact on the political strength of the Democratic party as well as other political developments in Pennsylvania. Transcripts included. 

Location: MC 2003.4, B3, F9

Subject: Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from William Wilkins to John Bigler
April 2, 1852

Former Secretary of War William Wilkins writes California Governor John Bigler to recommends Samuel A. Dickey, the son of Representative John Dickey, for a position or an appointment. Samuel "is of good character and correct deportment," as Wilkins notes.

Location: I-Purchase-1998-1

Subject: Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from James Buchanan to William L. Hirst
April 23, 1852

James Buchanan writes to William L. Hirst recommending the appointment of Judge Campbell to a position rendered vacant by the death of Judge Coulter, under the rationale that it will benefit the Democratic party of Pennsylvania. Buchanan includes a copy of the letter he wrote to Pennsylvania...

Location: MC 1998.10, B3, F7

Subject: Legal Affairs, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letters from James Buchanan to John Wheeler
May 11 ; May 31, 1852

James Buchanan writes to Col John H. Wheeler regarding the 1852 Democratic National Convention, which is held in Baltimore, and who the delegates will select as the party's candidate for the 1852 Presidential election. "I think my prospects are fairer at present than those of any other...

Location: MC 1998.10

Subject: Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

"A Word for the Poor," by John McCarty
July 8, 1852

John McCarty prepared this oration, entitled “A Word for the Poor," for the commencement ceremonies held July 18, 1852. Authoring an original speech was among the graduation requirements for Dickinson College seniors at that time. Transcript included.

Location: Orations-1852-M123w

Subject: Politics and Government, Social Reform and Advocacy

Format: Speeches and Sermons

Time Period: 1840-1859

"France," by George J. Conner
July 8, 1852

George Jacob Conner prepared this oration, entitled “France," for the commencement ceremonies held July 8, 1852. Authoring an original speech was among the graduation requirements for Dickinson College seniors at that time. Transcript included.

"Our Destiny," by Christian P. Z. Humrich
July 8, 1852

Christian P. Z. Humrich prepared this oration, entitled “Our Destiny," for the commencement ceremonies held July 8, 1852. Authoring an original speech was among the graduation requirements for Dickinson College seniors at that time. Transcript included.

Location: Orations-1852-H929o

Subject: Politics and Government

Format: Speeches and Sermons

Time Period: 1840-1859

"The Democratic Principle," by James T. Carlile
July 8, 1852

James Taylor Carlile prepared this oration, entitled “The Democratic Principle," for the commencement ceremonies held July 8, 1852. Authoring an original speech was among the graduation requirements for Dickinson College seniors at that time. Transcript included.

Location: Orations-1852-C282d

Subject: Politics and Government

Format: Speeches and Sermons

Time Period: 1840-1859

"The Instability of Popular Favor," by Joseph B. Wilson
July 8, 1852

Joseph Blake Wilson prepared this oration, entitled “The Instability of Popular Favor," for the commencement ceremonies held July 8, 1852. Authoring an original speech was among the graduation requirements for Dickinson College seniors at that time. Transcript included.

Location: Orations-1852-W749i

Subject: Politics and Government

Format: Speeches and Sermons

Time Period: 1840-1859

"The War of Opinion," by William A. Snively
July 8, 1852

William Andrew Snively prepared this oration, entitled “The War of Opinion," for the commencement ceremonies held July 8, 1852. Authoring an original speech was among the graduation requirements for Dickinson College seniors at that time. Transcript included.

Location: Orations-1852-S672w

Subject: Politics and Government, Religion and Spirituality

Format: Speeches and Sermons

Time Period: 1840-1859

July 27, 1852

Dorothea Dix writes former New Jersey Governor Peter D. Vroom to introduce introduce Dr. Richard Stuart and mentions establishing a hospital for the insane in Maryland.

Location: I-Friends-1976-2

Subject: Health and Medicine, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from Christian Humrich to His Family
August 12, 1852

Christian Humrich writes to his family regarding traveling to Pittsburgh and the Free Spoilers convention that coincided with his visit. "I have heard many accounts of Pittsburgh, but" as Humrich explains, he "had no idea of the dirt, filth and stench. Transcript included.

Location: I-Original-undated-15

Subject: Personal and Family Life, Politics and Government, Travel and Tourism

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from Spencer Baird to James Marshall
October 23, 1852

Spencer F. Baird ('40) writes to Dickinson College Professor James W. Marshall ('48) regarding books (Congressional volumes)that were sent to the Dickinson College library by mistake. As "The State Department is very anxious to have back," Baird asks Marshall to send them to the Smithsonian in...

Location: I-Original-1852-5

Subject: Dickinson College Administration, Education, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from James Buchanan to Daniel Sickles
October 25, 1852

James Buchanan writes Daniel E. Sickles to explain why he cannot deliver a speech at Tammany Hall in New York City so soon after Daniel Webster's death. "It would be indelicate, if not improper, for me so soon after his death" to "make a political speech in New York in which I must necessarily...

Location: MC 1998.10, B3, F9

Subject: Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from Hetty Parker to James Henry
November 9, 1852

Hetty Parker, James Buchanan's housekeeper, writes to James B. Henry, Buchanan's nephew. Parker discusses Buchanan's travels and mentions that "President Pierce is anxious to have your Uncle Secretary of State but wether he will except or not I can not say." Transcript included.

Location: I-Friends-2010-3

Subject: Personal and Family Life, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from James Buchanan to James M. H. Beale
December 28, 1852

James Buchanan writes to James M. H. Beale regarding Beale's hope to secure a diplomatic post in President-elect Franklin Pierce's administration. Transcript included.

Location: MC 1998.10, B3, F9

Subject: Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from James Buchanan to James P. Reily
March 4, 1853

James Buchanan writes to James P. Reily regarding the possibility that President Franklin Pierce would appoint Buchanan as the minister to England. "There seems to be a general impression, such as you indicate, that I will be minister to England, but I am entirely ignorant of any such intention...

Location: MC 1998.10, B3, F11

Subject: Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from James Buchanan to Franklin Pierce
March 8, 1853

James Buchanan writes to President Franklin Pierce and recommends that James C. Van Dyke be appointed as the district attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Transcript included.

Location: MC 1998.10, B3, F11

Subject: Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from Murray Rush to Franklin Pierce
March 8, 1853

Attorney Murray Rush writes to Franklin Pierce, President of the United States, campaigning for the district attorney position in Philadelphia. In addition, Murray mentions his father, Richard Rush, who had served in a number of positions including Secretary of the Treasury, Attorney General,...

Location: I-AsbellY-2002-51

Subject: Legal Affairs, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

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