Politics and Government

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Letter from James M. McKim to Mr. Worrell
January 20, 1855

James M. McKim, a member of the Class of 1828 and an editor at the Philadelphia based The Anti-Slavery Standard, writes to a subscriber, Mr. Worrell. McKim mentions the major slavery related event of the day as well as the Anglo-French siege of Sevastopol (Sebastopol) in the Crimean War...

Letter from Roger B. Taney to J. Mason Campbell
February 27, 1855

Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger Brooke Taney writes to attorney J. Mason Campbell and discusses the potential government purchase of the Exchange in Baltimore for public offices. Justice Taney explains why this purchase would be a poor decision.

Location: I-SpahrB-1964-9

Subject: Economics and Finance, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from William Seward to John McClintock
March 17, 1855

Senator William H. Seward writes to Dr. John McClintock and notes that he cannot send a copy of the speech that McClintock had requested. Seward promises to send this speech to McClintock at a later date.

Location: I-BeachW-1974-5

Subject: Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letters from James Buchanan to James Webb
March 30 - December 7, 1855

James Buchanan, the United States Minister to the United Kingdom, writes four letters to General James Watson Webb regarding Buchanan's experiences living in London and international affairs, including the Ostend Manifesto, the Vienna Conference, and the prospects for peace. Buchanan also notes...

Letter from James Buchanan to Sir Edward Curt
June 1, 1855

James Buchanan writes to Sir Edward Curt and conveys his regrets that he cannot attend Her Majesty's Ball because he has "been unwell for the last two or three days." Buchanan is the Minister to Great Britain during President Franklin Pierce's administration.

Location: I-Friends-2005-3

Subject: Personal and Family Life, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

"Cuban Liberty," by J. Douglas Wade
July 12, 1855

J. Douglas Wade prepared this oration, entitled “Cuban Liberty" for the commencement ceremonies held July 12, 1855. Authoring an original speech was among the graduation requirements for Dickinson College seniors at that time. Transcript included.

Location: Orations-1855-W119c

Subject: International Affairs, Politics and Government

Format: Speeches and Sermons

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from Jacob Thompson to A. O. P. Nicholson
September 22, 1855

Jacob Thompson writes to Colonel A. O. P. Nicholson and discusses how he expects to win the US Senate seat in Mississippi.  Thompson also notes that his speeches have been published in the Memphis Appeal. As Nicholson is also a newspaper editor, Thompson asks Nicholson to include the...

Location: I-BeachW-1986-7

Subject: Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from James Buchanan to W. Hunter
December 14, 1855

James Buchanan, the United States Minister to the United Kingdom, writes to W. Hunter and encloses a communication of "an important religious subject" from Edward Ellice, a member of the House of Commons, to C. A. Davis of New York. Transcript included. 

Location: MC 1998.10, B3, F20

Subject: Politics and Government, Religion and Spirituality

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from James Buchanan to Eliza Watterston
December 28, 1855

James Buchanan, the United States Minister to the United Kingdom, writes to Miss Eliza Watterston and offers condolences regarding the death of her father and a Mrs. Baker. Buchanan also explains that he is ready to return home. "I long to return to my own country which is the happiest land...

Letter from James Buchanan to Mr. Tyler
February 15, 1856

James Buchanan, the United States Minister to the United Kingdom, writes to Mr. Tyler regarding his plans to leave London as soon as George Dallas, his successor, arrives. Buchanan is not looking forward to the trip back home. " I am a very very...

Location: MC 1998.10, B3, F21

Subject: Politics and Government, Travel and Tourism

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from Horatio Collins King to L. A. Thomas
March 1, 1856

Postmaster General Horatio Collins King writes to L.A. Thomas, Postmaster of New Haven, CT, about a recent position vacancy. Collins states that Hervey T. Dayton resigned from the job and recommends Nathan U. Brown as a replacement.

Location: I-BeachW-1976-1

Subject: Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from Alexander H. Stephens to Thomas W. Thomas
June 16, 1856

Representative Alexander Hamilton Stephens writes to Thomas W. Thomas and discusses the 1856 presidential election. Stephens, a Democrat, supports James Buchanan and describes the reasons why the convention made the decisions they did with regard to President Franklin Pierce, Senator Stephen...

Location: I-SpahrB-1959-10

Subject: Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from James Buchanan to John Cunningham
July 24, 1856

Democratic Presidential candidate James Buchanan (Class of 1803) writes John S. Cunningham about various political issues, including his support of President John Tyler's veto of the Bank of the United States in 1841. Buchanan also returns President Tyler's letter to Cunningham and notes that he...

Location: I-Friends-2003-3

Subject: Economics and Finance, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from Hiram Walbridge to James Buchanan
March 7, 1857

Hiram Walbridge writes President James Buchanan to introduce Robert Gamble and recommend him for a political appointment. Walbridge notes that “Gamble is a sound reliable democrat” who “has held responsible public trusts in the City of New York.”

Location: I-SpahrB-1952-10

Subject: Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from Jeremiah Black to James Buchanan
April 27, 1857

United States Attorney General Jeremiah Sullivan Black provides legal advice to President James Buchanan on whether the Chief Executive can remit part of the sentence of a convict. "I have examined and found that the universal practice of all your predecessors sanctioned by the courts has been...

Location: MC 1998.10, B1, F2

Subject: Legal Affairs, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from Harriet Lane to Lily Macalester
September 13, 1857

First Lady Harriet Lane writes to Lily Macalester about the going ons of Washington D.C., her trip to Pennsylvania, Macalester's trip to West Point, as well as various bits of gossip. Lane also comments on several political figures, including Secretary of War John B. Floyd and Senator Stephen...

Letter from Howell Cobb to David Tompkins
October 5, 1857

Treasury Secretary Howell Cobb writes to David Tompkins and accepts his election to the James Buchanan Literary Association of New Haven, Connecticut.

Location: I-Purchase-1966-1

Subject: Literary Pursuits, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from Jacob Frick to Eli Slifer
October 12, 1857

Jacob Frick asks Eli Slifer to write to Pennsylvania Governor William F. Packer "in my behalf for the office of Notary which will become vacant here [in Pottsville] this Fall." Transcript included. 

Location: MC 2003.4, B4, F17

Subject: Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from Horatio King to the Postmaster in Athens, PA
November 7, 1857

Assistant Postmaster General Horatio King writes the Postmaster of Athens, Pennsylvania , to reprimand him for "the negligent and imperfect manner in which the cancellation of postage stamps is... performed in your office."

Location: I-SpahrB-1950-6

Subject: Business and Industry, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from James Buchanan to Franklin Pierce
December 5, 1857

President James Buchanan writes former President Franklin Pierce and encloses "the first copy of the message which has been delivered to any person." The "message" that Buchanan refers to is likely his first State of the Union, which was published on December 8, 1857. Transcript included.

Location: MC 1998.10, B3, F25

Subject: Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from Simon Cameron to Samuel Ingham
January 9, 1858

United States Senator Simon Cameron writes Samuel D. Ingham, a former United States Secretary of the Treasury, to discuss President James Buchanan and other national political matters. "Our old friend [President James] Buchanan is really in trouble," Cameron explains, "for the first time in his...

Location: I-SpahrB-1963-1

Subject: Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from Rufus Choate to James Buchanan
January 12, 1858

Rufus Choate, a former US Senator from Massachusetts, writes President James Buchanan (Class of 1809) to request the appointment of Edward Riddle as a naval agent in Boston, Massachusetts. "Mr Riddle [is] eminently well suited to perform the duties of the place in question," as Choate explains....

Location: I-AsbellY-1978-1

Subject: Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from William Bigler to A. Boyd Hamilton
February 6, 1858

William Bigler writes to A. Boyd Hamilton and discusses President James Buchanan and several national political issues, including slavery, the Dred Scott decision, and the Lecompton Convention in Kansas. "I should sacrifice much before I would be found in the ranks of those who attempt to...

Location: I-SpahrB-undated-3

Subject: Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letters from James Sellers to Eli Slifer
1851-1858

James Sellers writes fifteen letters to Eli Slifer concerning help with managing his father's estate, the possibility of his election as Senator as a result of his affiliation with the Whig party, questions about the division of Union County, as well as other political news. Transcripts included...

Letter from Roger B. Taney to Joseph Henry
April 16, 1858

Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger Brooke Taney writes Professor Joseph Henry, the first Smithsonian Secretary, to explain that he cannot meet with the Regents of the Smithsonian Institution. As the Supreme Court Justices are meeting to decide cases, Taney explains that "every one of us must...

Location: I-SpahrB-1969-7

Subject: Legal Affairs, Politics and Government, Science and Technology

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

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