Politics and Government

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Letter from John Adams to William Smith
May 30, 1815

Former President of the United States John Adams writes to his grandson, William Smith, about  his United States citizenship, and his lack of knowledge on what profession his grandson should pursue. Adams laments to inability to uncover a ...

Location: I-SpahrB-1952-1

Subject: Education, Personal and Family Life, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1800-1819

Letter from William Ramsey to Alexander Dallas
July 7, 1815

William Ramsey writes Secretary of War Alexander J. Dallas and discusses paying the soldiers. "As a precautionary measure I was to send on the Muster rolls for Mr. Brent's (master general) inspection so that he might approve of them so that we might rightly pay," as Ramsey explains. As no...

Location: I-SpahrB-1965-21

Subject: Military Affairs and Conflict, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1800-1819

Letter from Richard Rush to M. Carey
November 25, 1815

Richard Rush wrrites to an unspecified "M. Carey." Rush desires to "cultivate... correspondence," although he will be busy for several months due to obligations with Congress and the Surpreme Court.

Location: I-AsbellY-2002-40

Subject: Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1800-1819

Letter from John Leamy to James Hamilton
December 19, 1815

John A. Leamy writes James Hamilton Jr. and expresses his hopes to visit Carlisle again. In addition, Leamy informs Hamilton of Napoleon Bonaparte's downfall as the ruler of France.

Location: I-Original-1815-1

Subject: International Affairs, Personal and Family Life, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1800-1819

Letter from Roger B. Taney to Independent Gist
January 3, 1816

Attorney Roger Brooke Taney writes Independent Gist and advises him him that, given the circumstances, the legislature would likely not act on a petition about a road where no notice has been given. Transcript included.

Location: I-SpahrB-1951-2

Subject: Land and Real Estate, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1800-1819

Letter from Richard Rush to Jonathan Russell
August 14, 1817

Acting Secretary of State Richard Rush writes to Jonathan Russell, the United States minister to Sweden and Norway, regarding "the claims of several citizens of the U. States on the Swedish government, the particulars of which will be explained by the papers" enclosed within his letter.

Location: I-Purchase-1971-9

Subject: International Affairs, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1800-1819

Letter from John Quincy Adams to Richard Sharp
October 20, 1817

Secretary of State John Quincy Adams introduces the newly appointed Minister to Great Britain, Richard Rush, to Richard Sharp, an attorney in London. Transcript included.

Location: I-MoyermanS-1966-1

Subject: International Affairs, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1800-1819

Letter from Richard Rush to James Brobson
November 1, 1817

Richard Rush writes to Delaware politician James Brobson regarding a case of the estate of John Dauphin. Rush, who retired as United States Attorney General a few days prior, states that he no longer holds the position but will pass on the citation to a clerk of the Supreme Court.

Location: I-AsbellY-1976-5

Subject: Legal Affairs, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1800-1819

Letters from James Buchanan to Henry Shippen
1819-1838

James Buchanan writes two letters to Henry Shippen regarding purchasing land out west, a judicial appointment in Iowa, Pennsylvania politics, the financial system, and the Deposit Law of 1836. "I have been accustomed to witness many humbugs," but as Buchanan explains, Pennsylvania "Governor [...

Letter from John Quincy Adams to Ebenezer Huntington
June 27, 1819

Secretary of State John Quincy Adams writes to Ebenezer Huntington, an attorney, to inform him that the USS John Adams has been sent to Havana with "purpose of procuring the Release of such Citizens of the United States, including Captain Asa Hosmer, as may be detained there as...

Location: I-SpahrB-1958-1

Subject: International Affairs, Legal Affairs, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1800-1819

Letters from James Buchanan to Jacob Halderman
1822-1824

Representative James Buchanan writes three letters to Jacob M. Halderman regarding the legal case against Colonel Thomas and his debt to the federal government. Transcripts included.

Location: MC 1998.10

Subject: Legal Affairs, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1820-1839

Letter from Roger B. Taney to Unknown Recipient
November 27, 1822

Lawyer and banker Roger Brooke Taney responds to a client who wants to collect a toll from travelers that ford a river rather than use their tolled bridge. While an "Act of 1818" prohibits such collections, Taney suggests a different solution: "Obstruct[ing] the ford as the law authorize[s] you...

Location: I-AsbellY-2004-8

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

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1820-1839

Letter from Andrew Boden to John Boyle
February 13, 1824

Former Pennsylvania Representative Andrew Boden asks John Boyle, an attorney at the US Navy Office in Washington, to “procure for me” a copy of “the secret minutes of the convention, which framed the U. S. constitution.” As a member of Congress in 1818 when that body approved a resolution to...

Location: I-SpahrB-undated-4

Subject: Carlisle and Cumberland County, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1820-1839

Letter from Robert Waln Jr. to Samuel Sitgreaves
May 24, 1824

Author Robert Waln, Jr. writes Pennsylvania politician Samuel Sitgreaves to ask for information about the life of James Wilson for a book entitled Biography of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence. Waln poses nine questions to Sitgreaves regarding Wilson's personal and...

Letter from Roger B. Taney to Mr. Colt
August 25, 1824

Attorney Roger Brooke Taney writes to his client, a Mr. Colt, and offers advice on the best way to influence the federal government. "Your interest would best be promoted by addressing a memorial to the Secretary of the Treasury" because, as Taney explains, "in that form I could more...

Location: I-SpahrB-1965-15

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

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1820-1839

Letter from William Wilkins to John Calhoun
December 12, 1824

William Wilkins writes to Secretary of War John C. Calhoun and recommends the son of an officer who served during the American Revolution, Dr. H. Stevenson, as an army paymaster. Wilkins also congratulates Calhoun on his election to Vice President of the United States in the Election of 1824....

Location: I-Purchase-1955-60

Subject: Military Affairs and Conflict, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1820-1839

Letter from Roger B. Taney to Samuel Smith
February 7, 1786 [1826]

Attorney Roger Brooke Taney writes to Senator Samuel Smith and discuses his view of the legal rights of the Creek and Cherokee tribes in Georgia with regard to treaties made with the federal government. Taney also discusses the Act of 1793 in regard to treaties with France. While Taney writes...

Letter from Roger B. Taney to William Beall
March 22, 1826

Attorney Roger Brooke Taney writes to William Beall, a member of Andrew Jackson's Democratic Central Committee, regarding legal issues of a mutual acquaintance. "You have I presume heard of the unfortunate affair in which Romeo's son William was supposed to be engaged" and, as Taney notes, "I...

Location: I-AsbellY-2004-8

Subject: Legal Affairs, Personal and Family Life, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1820-1839

Questionnaire Prepared by Richard Rush
July 29, 1826

Secretary of the Treasury Richard Rush prepares a questionnaire on the manufacture of silk for Connecticut to be included in a manual mandated by the House of Representatives.

Location: I-BeachW-1983-4

Subject: Business and Industry, Politics and Government

Format: Reports

Time Period: 1820-1839

Letters from James Buchanan to John Reynolds
1827-1842

James Buchanan writes six letters to John Reynolds on a variety of different legal and political matters, including the Presidential elections of 1828 and 1844, Buchanan's experience living in Russia as the US minister, and increasing sectional tensions. Transcripts included. 

Letters from James Buchanan to Samuel Ingham
1827-1841

James Buchanan writes to Samuel D. Ingham, Esquire, discussing a conflict between him and General Jackson which Buchanan is to address in the Lancaster Journal. He expresses concern over "the preservation of [his] own character." He claims in a subsequent letter that the "Jackson papers...

Location: MC 1998.10

Subject: Economics and Finance, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1820-1839

Letters from James Buchanan to Thomas Elder
1827-1828

Representative James Buchanan writes Thomas Elder and discusses a number of issues in two letters, including the health of Judge Duncan, the 1829 Pennsylvania gubernatorial election, cities that a transcontinental road would pass through, a trial of six Tennessee militia men sentenced to...

Letter from John McLean to William Murphy
February 4, 1828

John McLean, United States Postmaster, writes William Murphy, the Postmaster of Maysville, Kentucky, to remind him of the obligation to deliver letters on Sunday that "arrive on Saturday night." "Please conform to [this rule] and render the office as accommodating as possible to all persons...

Location: I-Purchase-1973-1

Subject: Business and Industry, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1820-1839

Letter from James Buchanan to Joseph Gales and William Seaton
April 16, 1828

Representative James Buchanan writes Joseph Gales and William Seaton to complain about being misquoted in a newspaper article. "I never expressed such an opinion" on imports, as Buchanan notes. Buchanan also asks them to publish a correction. Transcript included.

Location: MC 1998.10, B1, F8

Subject: Business and Industry, Economics and Finance, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1820-1839

Letter from Roger B. Taney to Arthur Shaaff
May 14, 1828

Maryland Attorney General Roger Brooke Taney writes to Arthur Shaaff, an attorney in Georgia, to share news about his family as well as discus legal and political issues. Taney notes that his two daughters, along with Shaaff's friends, are in Georgetown for Rebecca Key's wedding. In addition,...

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