Politics and Government

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Letter from Roger B. Taney to D. Adams
March 23, 1863

Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger Brooke Taney (Class of 1795) replies to Mr. D. Adams' request for Taney's autograph.

Location: I-Purchase-1954-28

Subject: Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letters from Alexander McClure to Eli Slifer, 1863-66
1863-1866

Alexander McClure writes fourteen letters to Eli Slifer, the Secretary of the Commonwealth under Governor Andrew Gregg Curtin, in which he discusses various Pennsylvania political issues, the potential Confederate invasion of Pennsylvania, possible military strategies during the Civil War,...

Letter from Isaac Toucey to Nahum Capen
April 4, 1863

Former Secretary of the Navy Isaac Toucey writes Nahum Capen to defend a speech that he gave during a rally held in Hartford, Connecticut. "The only remedy for the evils which have fallen upon the country is in the legitimate action of our institution, which will soon transfer political power...

Location: I-SpahrB-1966-16

Subject: Personal and Family Life, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from William Lloyd Garrison to Andrew Paton
April 10, 1863

Moncure D. Conway carries a letter for abolitionist William L. Garrison, who writes from Boston to his friend, Andrew Paton in Glasgow, Scotland, and introduces Conway in terms of highest commendation. Garrison also explains that Conway is on "an anti-slavery mission to England." Garrison hopes...

Letters from George Miller to Eli Slifer
1863-1865

George Miller writes nine letters to Eli Slifer, Secretary of the Commonwealth, in which he suggests candidates for Notary Public, requests information on Governor Curtin's doctor, discusses military appointments, inquires about free passes issued by railroad companies to members of Congress....

Location: MC 2003.4, B8, F4

Subject: Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from James Buchanan to Henry Slicer
May 16, 1863

Former President James Buchanan discusses his administration's policies, his health, and other personal matters in a letter to Reverend Henry Slicer. "I would not, if I could, change any portion of the policy I pursued in view of the then approaching troubles," as Buchanan explains. Buchanan,...

Location: MC 1998.10, B4, F7

Subject: Personal and Family Life, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from A. C. Mullin to John H. Cuddy
June 10, 1863

A. C. Mullin responds to John H. Cuddy's request that his son, John Taylor Cuddy, receive a furlough so that he can return home. Mullin, who works as Pennslyvia Governor Andrew Curtin's secrtary, notes that  "it has been referred to the Commander of the 7th Regt. Pa. Reserves, with a...

Letter from James Buchanan to A. T. Goodman
June 11, 1863

Former President James Buchanan responds to A. T. Goodman's question about his remarks and how he voted as a Senator on the Tariff Bill of 1842. "The opinions I then expressed on the subject of a Tariff, with very little variation, I have continued to hold until the present time," as Buchanan...

Location: MC 1998.10, B4, F7

Subject: Economics and Finance, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from Israel Gutelius to James Sellers
June 13, 1863

Israel Gutelius writes James Sellers regarding his political activism in the Pennsylvania Senate and discusses other political issues. Gutelius explains that he plans to "see to it that [Sellers is] elected a delegate to the state convention." Transcript included.

Location: MC 2003.4, B5, F11

Subject: Military Affairs and Conflict, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from Augustus Schell to Jeremiah Black (Copy)
July 28, 1863

Augustus Schell writes to former Secretary of State Jeremiah Sullivan Black regarding events leading up to the start of the Civil War, particularly Fort Sumter.

Location: I-SpahrB-1959-9

Subject: Military Affairs and Conflict, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letters from Thomas Dick (Jul. - Dec. 1863)
July - December 1863

Thomas William Dick writes four letters to family members describing his experience as a soldier in the Union Army during the Civil War. Dick states that he was present at President Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address and shook hands with Lincoln, who "...appeared very glad to see [him]."...

Letter from Jeremiah Black to Augustus Schell (Copy)
August 6, 1863

In a response to Augustus Schell sent to Jeremiah Sullivan Black in July, Black writes to Schell regarding James Buchanan's Cabinet, Fort Sumter, and General John Adams Dix. 

Location: I-SpahrB-1959-9

Subject: Military Affairs and Conflict, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from James Buchanan to Joseph C. G. Kennedy
September 10, 1863

Former President James Buchanan writes Joseph Camp Griffith Kennedy regarding his health and finances. "My own heart is good, except that I am a little crippled in walking by the effects of my late very severe attack of rheumatism," as Buchanan explains. Buchanan also notes that "Judge Black has...

Location: I-Friends-2005-6

Subject: Economics and Finance, Health and Medicine, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from James Buchanan to Herman Johnson
November 11, 1863

Former President James Buchanan writes to Dickinson College President Herman Johnson Merrills with information on several alumni, including William Speer (Class of 1788), Jesse Magaw (Class of 1806), and Buchanan's brother George Buchanan (Class of 1805). James Buchanan is a member of the Class...

Letter from Roger B. Taney to Nahum Capen
November 30, 1863

Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger B. Taney writes a private letter to Nahum Capen of Boston regarding a rumor about Taney resigning: "There is no foundation for the rumor that I have resigned or am about to resign the office of Chief Justice of the Supreme Court," as Taney explains. While "it is...

Letters from William Meredith to Eli Slifer
1864-1866

William Meredith writes seven letters to Eli Slifer, Secretary of the Commonwealth, regarding the applicability of the Act of 1840 to interest payments, the announcement of a draft for more soldiers , warrants against various railroad companies, and other political affairs. Transcripts included...

Letters from William Meredith to Andrew Curtin
1864-1866

William Meredith writes two letters to Pennsylvania Governor Andrew Curtin in which he differentiates between the acts of 1840, 1862, and 1863 that each relate to treasury payments, and discusses the reduction of state debt. Transcripts included. 

Location: MC 2003.4, B7, F24

Subject: Economics and Finance, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from Roger B. Taney to E. C. Doughty
February 26, 1864

Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger Brooke Taney responds to Mr. E. C. Doughty's request for Taney's autograph. Taney also notes that his response has been delayed due to severe illness. Transcript included.

Location: I-SpahrB-undated-45

Subject: Personal and Family Life, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from Roger B. Taney to Samuel F. Miller
March 21, 1864

Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger Brooke Taney writes to Associate Supreme Court Justice Samuel Freeman Miller and thanks Miller for his photograph. Taney notes that he has enclosed his own photograph and autograph.

Location: I-SpahrB-undated-43

Subject: Personal and Family Life, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from Roger B. Taney to Robert Grier
April 14, 1864

Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger Brooke Taney (Class of 1795) writes to Associate Supreme Court Justice Robert Cooper Grier (Class of 1812) and discusses Grier's health as well as his own. Transcript included.

Location: I-SpahrB-undated-44

Subject: Health and Medicine, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from Roger B. Taney to Samuel Nelson
May 8, 1864

Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger Brooke Taney writes to Associate Justice Samuel Nelson about various court and other legal matters. As a result of his poor health, Taney asks for details about the procedures Nelson has used for hearing appeals at his office since he is not sure that he will be...

Location: I-SpahrB-1965-13

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

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

"Capital Punishment," by Singleton Mercer Ashenfelter
June 27, 1864

Singleton Mercer Ashenfelter prepared this oration, entitled "Capital Punishment," for the Junior Prize (Grigg Prize) contest held on June 27, 1864. Eleven members of the Junior class gave speeches on a variety of subjects. 

Location: Orations-1864-A824c

Subject: Politics and Government, Social Reform and Advocacy

Format: Speeches and Sermons

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letters from Andrew Curtin to Eli Slifer, 1864-66
1864-1866

Governor Andrew Curtin writes eight letters to Eli Slifer, the Secretary of the Commonwealth, in which he reflects upon the recent political election in Philadelphia, his state of health, as well as communications with officers in the Union Army. Transcripts included. 

Letter from Simon Cameron to Abraham Lincoln
August 24, 1864

Former Secretary of War Simon Cameron writes President Abraham Lincoln and asks him to find "some place" for John D. Creigh. While "I do not know the young gentleman himself," Cameron explains that he can "vouch for the claims his family has for recognition by your administration."

Location: I-Friends-1977-3

Subject: Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from Andrew Curtin to William Taylor
November 30, 1864

Governor Andrew Curtin writes William Taylor regarding the law that allows soldiers to vote and mentions that Taylor has been elected as an elector, presumably to the Electoral College. "I have not yet return from all the counties, but have enough to authorize me to say that you have been...

Location: MC 2003.4, B3, F12

Subject: Military Affairs and Conflict, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

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