Politics and Government

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Letter from Israel Gutelius to M. N. Taggart
August 31, 1860

Israel Gutelius asks M. N. Taggart for help to secure Gutelius' nomination for Senator in the upcoming election. "As it is certain that there will be a split in the Democratic party," Gutelius explains that "it is believed that we have a chance to elect a Senator." Gutelius also notes that his...

Location: MC 2003.4, B5, F8

Subject: Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from James Buchanan to William Drinkard
September 7, 1860

President James Buchanan writes to William R. Drinkard, Secretary of War John B. Floyd's chief clerk, in an attempt to solve a dispute over paying US Army Captain Montgomery Meigs. Buchanan asks Drinkard to send "the Paper addressed by Capt Meigs in reply to the Attorney Generals [Jeremiah S....

Location: I-Friends-2006-1

Subject: Economics and Finance, Legal Affairs, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from William Reed to Unknown Recipient
December 19, 1860

William Bradford Reed writes an unknown recipient and discusses President James Buchanan's perspective on the secession crisis. Reed notes that President Buchanan "told me last night he though things looked better" and that "he has no doubt of the safety of the [federal] forts" located in...

Location: I-SpahrB-1957-10

Subject: Military Affairs and Conflict, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from Robert Grier to Aubrey Smith
December 29, 1860

United States Supreme Court Justice Robert Cooper Grier (Class of 1812) writes to Aubrey H. Smith regarding the secession crisis. Grier describes President James Buchanan as "wholly unequal" to dealing with the secession crisis, calls Secretary of War John B. Floyd a traitor, describes flaws of...

Location: I-SpahrB-undated-52

Subject: Military Affairs and Conflict, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letters from Andrew Curtin to Eli Slifer, 1860-63
1860-1863

Governor Andrew Curtin writes eleven letters to Eli Slifer in which he offers him the position as Secretary of the Commonwealth, describes his preference for David Wilmot as Senator, recommends Wallace Kerr for the vacant clerkship in Slifer's office, notes problems with General Biddle's...

Letter from William Wright to James Buchanan
January 5, 1861

New York Supreme Court Justice William B. Wright writes to President James Buchanan and recommends John C. Perry for an appointment as a judge in one of the western organized territories. Wright's letter also includes short notes from prominent New York residents, such as Governor Edwin Denison...

Location: I-SpahrB-1952-11

Subject: Legal Affairs, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from Henry Hogeboom to James Buchanan
January 12, 1861

New York Supreme Court Judge Henry Hogeboom writes to President James Buchanan and recommends John C. Perry for an appointment as a judge in one of the western organized territories.

Location: I-SpahrB-1952-11

Subject: Legal Affairs, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letters from Thomas Orwig to Eli Slifer
1861-1864

Thomas Orwig writes twelve letters to Eli Slifer, the Secretary of the Commonwealth during the Civil War, regarding Orwig's military and administrative affairs with Battery "E" of 1st Pennsylvania artillery. " My greatest [military] ambition is to crush the rebellion," as Orwig notes....

Letters from Henry Maxwell to Eli Slifer
1861-1863

Hnery D. Maxwell writes sixteen letters to Eli Slifer, Secretary of the Commonwealth during the Civil War, regarding the following topics: Maxwell's application for the directorship of the mint, recruitment and funding for the army, potential candidates for vacant positions in the military,...

Location: MC 2003.4, B7, F7

Subject: Military Affairs and Conflict, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letters from Jacob Frick to Eli Slifer
February - December 1861

Jacob G. Frick writes thirteen letters to Eli Silfer, the Secretary of the Commonwealth under Governor Andrew Curtin, on a number of topics, including conflict with Baltimore over commerce, affairs in military administration and compensation, as well as daily life in the Union army during the...

Letter from Edwin Stanton to James Buchanan (Copy)
March 10, 1861

Former Attorney General Edwin McMasters Stanton writes former President James Buchanan to discuss public affairs in Washington and comment on events that occurred during the last few months of Buchanan's administration.

Location: I-SpahrB-1959-9

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

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from James Buchanan to James Gordon Bennett
March 11, 1861

Former President James Buchanan writes publisher James Gordon Bennett several days after leaving the White House and asks that the New York Herald be sent to him in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Buchanan also reflects on his administration, describing it as "eminently successful in its...

Location: MC 1998.10, B4, F4

Subject: Personal and Family Life, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from Edwin Stanton to James Buchanan (Copy)
March 14, 1861

Edwin McMasters Stanton writes former President James Buchanan to discuss possible nominations to fill a vacancy on the Supreme Court and comment on resolutions in the Senate that might end the secession crisis.

Location: I-SpahrB-1959-9

Subject: Legal Affairs, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from Edwin Stanton to James Buchanan (Copy)
April 3, 1861

Edwin McMasters Stanton writes to former President James Buchanan regarding Abraham Lincoln, in particular his state of mind.  Stanton also discloses that he believes the Secretary of the Treasury made an error in not accepting a loan.

Location: I-SpahrB-1959-9

Subject: Economics and Finance, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letters from Israel Gutelius to Eli Slifer (Apr. - Dec. 1861)
April - December 1861

Israel Gutelius writes fifteen letters to Eli Slifer, the Secretary of the Commonwealth during the Civil War, in which he asks Slifer to go to Washington and request the Secretary of the Navy to appoint Gutelius to a position in Philadelphia. "If I am appointed," Gutelius promises to "publish...

Letter from Andrew Curtin to Unknown Recipient
April 11, 1861

Pennsylvania Governor Andrew Gregg Curtin writes to an unknown recipient and asks if he will be in Washington, DC. Curtin, who will go to Washington on Saturday, explains that "we will pass a bill at once to prepare the State for what may occur." Transcript included.

Location: I-Friends-1975-27

Subject: Military Affairs and Conflict, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from Edwin Stanton to James Buchanan (Copy)
April 12, 1861

Edwin McMasters Stanton writes to former President James Buchanan regarding the start of the Civil War, stating that " in less than 30 days Davis will be in possession of Washington."

Location: I-SpahrB-1959-9

Subject: Military Affairs and Conflict, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letters from John W. Killinger to Eli Slifer
1861-1864

John W. Killinger writes eleven letters to Eli Slifer, Secretary of the Commonwealth during the Civil War, in which he recommends Doctor John H. Shank for the place of assistant surgeon, requests advice for a trip to Washington, discusses the military draft, and offers his opinion on various...

Location: MC 2003.4, B6, F15

Subject: Military Affairs and Conflict, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letters from Oliver Worden to Eli Slifer
1861-1865

Newspaperman Oliver Worden writes fifteen letters to Eli Slifer, the Secretary of the Commonwealth during the Civil War, in which he requests information on military and political issues for publication in the in the Star and Chronicle. Worden also offers his services to communicate...

Location: MC 2003.4, B11, F11

Subject: Military Affairs and Conflict, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from Edwin Stanton to James Buchanan (Copy)
May 11, 1861

Edwin McMasters Stanton writes to former President James Buchanan apologizing for his previous letters being delayed by the Baltimore Riot. Stanton tells Buchanan news regarding the Civil War and President Lincoln's administration. 

Letters from Everard Bierer to Eli Slifer
1861-1865

Captain Everard Bierer writes a series of twelve letters to Eli Slifer, the Secretary of the Commonwealth under Governor Andrew Curtin, regarding the assembly and movement of army troops, the transportation of said troops, and requests for promotion. Bierer also mentions dealing with the War...

Letter from Edwin Stanton to James Buchanan (Copy)
May 19, 1861

Edwin McMasters Stanton writes to former President James Buchanan regarding the Civil War. Specifically, the unsuccessful evacuation of Fort Sumter, William Henry Seward, the Secretary of State's negotiations, and the treatment of secessionists.

Location: I-SpahrB-1959-9

Subject: Military Affairs and Conflict, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letters from William Mintzer to Eli Slifer
1861-1863

William Mintzer writes thirteen letters to Eli Slifer, Secretary of the Commonwealth during the Civil War, in which he discusses a proposal for a portion of a loan for the state, other wartime banking issues, recommends his brother-in-law for the position of Notary Public, deserters of the...

Location: MC 2003.4, B8, F6

Subject: Military Affairs and Conflict, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from Edwin Stanton to James Buchanan (Copy)
June 8, 1861

Edwin McMasters Stanton writes to James Buchanan stating that Stanton and their friends were very pleased by Judge Jeremiah Sullivan Black's message that Buchanan was in good health. Stanton also shares his opinion on the Patriot cause, financial troubles for the Union, and General John Adams...

Letters from John Linn to Eli Slifer
1861-1864

John Linn writes thirteen letters to Eli Slifer, Secretary of the Commonwealth during the Civil War, regarding the organization of regiments for military campaigns, recommendations of officers for new positions in the Union army, the Milton Cornet Band, as well as other administrative duties....

Location: MC 2003.4, B6, F26

Subject: Military Affairs and Conflict, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

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