Politics and Government

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Letter from John Gibson to Mr. Johnson
March 17, 1853

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Chief Justice John B. Gibson writes to Mr. Johnson about changing the laws of Pennsylvania.

Location: I-AsbellY-2004-3

Subject: Legal Affairs, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from James Buchanan to Thomas Fitzgerald
March 28, 1853

James Buchanan declines to put in a "kind word" for a colleague seeking employment in Philadelphia.  “Amid the very numerous friends there to whom I am under political obligations,” Buchanan asks “how am I to select a few of them & refuse to recommend the remainder?” Transcript included.

Location: I-Friends-2012-4

Subject: Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from James Buchanan to Robert Tyler
April 4, 1853

James Buchanan (Class of 1809) writes to Robert Tyler about his nomination as President and discusses one of the delegates at the Pennsylvania State Convention, a Franklin K. Curran of Marietta. Robert is the son of President John Tyler. Transcript included.

Location: I-AsbellY-2002-21

Subject: Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letters from Jacob Bomberger to Eli Slifer
1853-1863

Jacob C. Bomberger writes thirteen letters to Eli Slifer, Pennsylvania State Treasurer and later Secretary of the Commonwealth during the Civil War, regarding various financial transactions, politics issues, local and federal elections, Pennsylvania bank business, and other local news....

Letter from James Buchanan to W. Welsh
June 30, 1853

James Buchanan, who is preparing to take the position as the United States Minister to the United Kingdom, writes to W. H. Welsh, regarding the "present difficulties in the way of appointing a Secretary of Legation to London." Buchanan declares that should a Pennsylvanian be appointed, Welsh...

Location: MC 1998.10, B3, F13

Subject: International Affairs, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from Franklin Pierce to William Marcy
July 5, 1853

President Franklin Pierce authorizes Secretary of State William L. Marcy to "affix the Seal of the United States to the envelope of a letter addressed to Her Majesty Queen Victoria," which contains James Buchanan's credentials as the new Minister to the United Kingdom.

Location: I-SpahrB-1956-4

Subject: International Affairs, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from James Buchanan to Peter Washington
July 6, 1853

Pennsylvania politician James Buchanan (Class of 1803) writes to Peter G. Washington about political appointments and state elections. Buchanan discusses Washington's prospects of getting a clerkship as well as the possibility of appointments for Carlton B. Cotter, W. Lightner, and W. [Cantisce...

Location: I-AsbellY-2002-31

Subject: Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from James Buchanan to Joseph R. Ingersoll
July 13, 1853

James Buchanan writes to Joseph R. Ingersoll regarding President Franklin Pierce's trip to Crystal Palace in New York City and Buchanan's plans to travel to London as the new United States Minister to the United Kingdom. Transcript included.

Location: MC 1998.10, B3, F13

Subject: International Affairs, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

"National Days," by Albert Ritchie
July 14, 1853

Albert Ritchie prepared this oration, entitled “National Days," for the commencement ceremonies held July 14, 1853. Authoring an original speech was among the graduation requirements for Dickinson College seniors at that time. Transcript included.

Location: Orations-1853-R598n

Subject: Education, Military Affairs and Conflict, Politics and Government

Format: Speeches and Sermons

Time Period: 1840-1859

"The American Citizen," by James E. Clawson
July 14, 1853

James E. Clawson prepared this oration, entitled “The American Citizen," for the commencement ceremonies held July 14, 1853. Authoring an original speech was among the graduation requirements for Dickinson College seniors at that time. Transcript included.

Location: Orations-1853-C617a

Subject: Politics and Government

Format: Speeches and Sermons

Time Period: 1840-1859

"The Bastile- Sixty Four Years Ago," by James M. Shearer
July 14, 1853

James M. Shearer prepared this oration, entitled “The Bastile-Sixty Four Years Ago," for the commencement ceremonies held July 14, 1853. Authoring an original speech was among the graduation requirements for Dickinson College seniors at that time. Transcript included.

Location: Orations-1853-S539b

Subject: Education, Politics and Government

Format: Speeches and Sermons

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letters from James Buchanan to Mr. Lane and James L. Reynolds
1853-1854

James Buchanan writes to Mr. Lane and James L. Reynolds regarding paying bills, political appointments, and Buchanan's political future. "I shall not be a candidate for the Presidency, & would not wish to become President" because, as Buchanan explains, "it has lost its charm." Transcript...

Letter from James Buchanan to Gerard Hallock
August 11, 1853

President James Buchanan writes to Gerard Hallock regarding the Presidential Election of 1860 and whether to remove the editor of a "leading Democratic" newspaper for not supporting his administration's policies. "This organ... maintains political doctrines in violation of the Constitution of...

Location: MC 1998.10, B4, F3

Subject: Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letters from James Buchanan to James L. Reynolds
1853-1856

James Buchanan writes eight letters from London to to James L. Reynolds on a number of different subjects, including life as the United States Minister to the United Kingdom, the Vienna Conference, the Crimean War, the Nebraska Bill, and the 1856 Presidential election. Transcripts included.

Letter from Roger B. Taney to Franklin Pierce
August 29, 1853

Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger B. Taney writes President Franklin Pierce and recommends Lieutenant Colonel Taylor’s son, Francis H. Taylor, for an appointment “to the office of military storekeeper in Oregon.” Justice Taney argues that Francis is “well qualified for the appointment… and would...

Location: I-SpahrB-1948-1

Subject: Military Affairs and Conflict, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from James Buchanan to Christopher L. Ward
September 20, 1853

James Buchanan writes to Christopher L. Ward and describes life in London as the new United States Minister to the United Kingdom and discusses the possibility of a conflict between Russia and Turkey in the Crimean. Buchanan also mentions his introduction to Queen Victoria. "The manners of the...

Letter from James Buchanan to George Plitt
November 1, 1853

James Buchanan describes his experience working and living in London as United States Minister to the United Kingdom and comments on the latest political news from the United States. George Plitt is a Pennsylvania attorney. Transcript included.

Letter from James Buchanan to Lily Macalester
January 20, 1854

James Buchanan writes to Lily Macalester and describes his life in London as the United States Minister to the United Kingdom. "I should be far happier in retirement at Wheatland than amidst the gaiety of London," as Buchanan notes. Transcript included.

Letters from Alexander McClure to Eli Slifer, 1854-59
1854-1859

Alexander McClure writes seventeen letters to Eli Slifer in which he discusses the political campaigns of various Pennsylvania politicians, denies his opposition towards Whigs, expresses joy at the success of Pennsylvania Governor James Pollock and James M. Sellers in elections, and discusses...

Location: MC 2003.4, B7, F11

Subject: Personal and Family Life, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

"Napoleon," by Noah Bowlus
July 13, 1854

Noah Bowlus prepared this oration, entitled "Napoleon," for the commencement ceremonies held July 13, 1854. Authoring an original speech was among the graduation requirements for Dickinson College seniors at that time. Transcript included.

Location: Orations-1854-B787n

Subject: International Affairs, Military Affairs and Conflict, Politics and Government

Format: Speeches and Sermons

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from Franklin Pierce to Robert McClelland
August 29, 1854

President Franklin Pierce writes to Secretary of the Interior Robert McClelland regarding how to handle Kentucky Representative John Cabell Breckinridge. "I wish to oblige Breckinridge if it can be done with any propriety," as President Pierce explains. McClelland is a member of the Class of...

Location: I-SpahrB-1953-21

Subject: Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from Roger B. Taney to J. Mason Campbell
October 19, 1854

Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger Brooke Taney writes to J. Mason Campbell and describes his time at Old Point. While his daughter "Alice had a letter from [her niece Phoebe] yesterday," Taney notes that Campbell has not sent any letters recently. Justice Taney regrets that he will have to leave...

Location: I-SpahrB-1965-19

Subject: Personal and Family Life, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from Roger B. Taney to Samuel Phillips
c.1855

Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger Brooke Taney writes Deputy Marshall Samuel G. Phillips and asks for information about an individual who asked for an autograph. "Can you tell me any thing about the writer" because, as Taney explains, "I am not willing to send my autograph to a woman, of whom I...

Location: I-SpahrB-1969-9

Subject: Personal and Family Life, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letters from John W. Killinger to Eli Slifer
1855-1860

John W. Killinger writes four letters to Eli Slifer discussing candidates for local elections as well as other political matters. "I have secured a place for [Snyder], after such a a struggle as exceeded all my past political experiences," as Killinger notes. Transcripts included.

Location: MC 2003.4, B6, F15

Subject: Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859, 1860-1879

Letters from Israel Gutelius to Eli Slifer, 1855-59
1855-1859

Israel Gutelius writes sixteen letters to Eli Slifer in which he primarily discusses his political activity and its relation to his paper, a German language newspaper published in New Berlin, Pennsylvania (The Der Demokrat, which is also known as the Union Demokrat). "You know...

Location: MC 2003.4, B5, F8

Subject: Business and Industry, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

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