Politics and Government

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Report from Treasury Department on Foreign Imports (Draft)
May 1834

Treasury Secretary Roger Brooke Taney writes this report in response to a request from the United States Senate. Secretary Taney's report includes the amount of duties on foreign imports accrued in the first quarter of 1834, how those numbers...

Location: I-SpahrB-1970-2

Subject: Economics and Finance, Politics and Government

Format: Reports

Time Period: 1820-1839

Letter from Roger B. Taney to William Ellis
June 4, 1834

Treasury Secretary Roger Brooke Taney writes to the New Haven Collector of Customs, William H. Ellis, announcing the return of "the list of correspondence between your office and this department". Taney also instructs Ellis to "forward to the...

Location: I-SpahrB-undated-32

Subject: Economics and Finance, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1820-1839

Letter from Roger B. Taney to William Ellis
June 7, 1834

Treasury Secretary Roger Brooke Taney writes to the New Haven Collector of Customs, William H. Ellis, and authorizes him to "extend the arrangements at present existing at your port for the relief of sick and disabled seamen." Transcript included...

Location: I-SpahrB-undated-32

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

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1820-1839

Letter from Roger B. Taney to S. Williams
June 9, 1834

Treasury Secretary Roger Brooke Taney to lawyer S. Williams, authorizing him to "cause an examination of the Cutter McLane's bottom to be made, and to have any injury which her copper may have sustained repaired."

Location: I-DannJ-1973-4

Subject: Legal Affairs, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1820-1839

Letter from Roger B. Taney to John Willard
June 19, 1834

United States Treasury Secretary Roger Brooke Taney (Class of 1795) writes to John M. Willard about providing "sufficient evidence of the insolvency and death of [Willard's] co-obligors."

Letter from William Wilkins to Mahlon Dickerson
July 10, 1834

US Senator William Wilkins (Class of 1802) writes Secretary of the Navy Mahlon Dickerson and asks that two "young gentlemen" be appointed Midshipmen in the United States Navy. The two "gentlemen" are John Conway Shaler and Alexander Murray.

Location: I-Purchase-1971-11

Subject: Military Affairs and Conflict, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1820-1839

Letter from James Buchanan to John Maclean
November 7, 1834

James Buchanan writes to John Maclean a month before his term as a US Senator from Pennsylvania starts. Buchanan, a Democrat who had resigned as Ambassador to Russia the previous year, also discusses Samuel Porter, son of the late Michigan...

Location: I-Friends-2004-4

Subject: Education, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1820-1839

Letter from Henry A. P. Muhlenberg to John M. Read
December 9, 1834

Representative Henry Augustus Philip Muhlenberg writes to John Meredith Read, an attorney in Philadelphia, about various political intrigues and comments on James Buchanan's election to the United States Senate. "I rejoice in the election of our...

Location: I-SpahrB-1954-3

Subject: Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1820-1839

Letter from James Buchanan to Henry Gilpin
January 15, 1835

US Senator James Buchanan writes to Henry D. Gilpin about his unconfirmed nomination.
While "a week ago I thought there was no doubt," Buchanan explains that "from the [temper?] manifested to day on the rejection of John S. Sullivan I fear...

Location: I-Friends-2005-5

Subject: Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1820-1839

Letter from Thomas Cooper to Nassau William Senior
April 1, 1835

Former Dickinson College Professor Thomas Cooper writes to Nassau William Senior, offering thoughts on the religious and political issues Senior writes about in the pamphlet On National Property. Transcript included.

Location: I-Friends-2006-2

Subject: Politics and Government, Religion and Spirituality

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1820-1839

Letter from James Buchanan to Mahlon Dickerson
June 18, 1835

Senator James Buchanan writes to Mahlon Dickerson, the Secretary of the Navy, regarding the Pennsylvania gubernatorial election of 1835. The contest was between incumbent Governor Wolf, Joseph Ritner, and Henry A. P. Muhlenberg. Transcript...

Location: MC 1998.10, B1, F14

Subject: Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1820-1839

Letter from James Buchanan to Roberts Vaux
November 18, 1835

Senator James Buchanan writes to Roberts Vaux reflecting upon the election of delegates to the Democratic Committee of Correspondence in Pennsylvania for the proposed March 4 Convention. Transcript included. 

Location: MC 1998.10, B1, F14

Subject: Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1820-1839

Letter from James Buchanan to V. Best
March 21, 1836

Senator James Buchanan writes to V. Best and discusses whether to vote for or against "Colonel Benton’s Expunging resolution." "I have been somewhat astonished that several of my friends in Pennsylvania have advised me to disobey the Instructions...

Location: MC 1998.10, B1, F15

Subject: Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1820-1839

Letter from Roger B. Taney to George Newbold
April 19, 1836

Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger Brooke Taney writes a "private" letter to George Newbold asking for a copy of the letter he sent him on December 18, 1833. Taney wants a copy of this letter so he can better consult with some friends on how to...

Location: I-SpahrB-1954-6

Subject: Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1820-1839

Letter from Roger B. Taney to J. Meredith
April 26, 1836

Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger B. Taney writes to J. Meredith and accepts an invitation to a dinner given in honor of the British Minister. A note on the reverse side states that Taney ultimately did not attend.

Location: I-SpahrB-undated-46

Subject: International Affairs, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1820-1839

Letter from George Chambers to Levi Woodbury
June 3, 1836

George Chambers, trustee of Dickinson College, informs Secretary of the Treasury Levi Woodbury about Representative Thomas McCullough's request that his son, Alexander McCullough, receive an appointment in the United States Navy. Transcript...

Letter from James Buchanan to John M. Clayton
January 11, 1837

Senator James Buchanan writes John M. Clayton for assistance in locating "some original Land Office papers" that are missing from the Committee room. Transcript included.

Location: MC 1998.10, B1, F18

Subject: Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1820-1839

Letter from James Buchanan to Levi Woodbury
January 20, 1837

Senator James Buchanan writes to Secretary of the Treasury Levi Woodbury regarding a recent resolution from the Pennsylvania House of Representatives that selected the Philadelphia Bank "as one of the Depositories of the public money." Transcript...

Location: MC 1998.10, B1, F18

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

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1820-1839

Letter from James Buchanan to Robert Morris
March 27, 1837

Senator James Buchanan writes to Robert Morris and asks him to publish his "remarks" on the coal trade in the Philadelphia Inquirer. "I desire to let those who are interested in the Coal Trade know that I have not abandoned their...

Location: MC 1998.10, B1, F18

Subject: Business and Industry, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1820-1839

Letter from Richard Rush to Gore Ouseley
May 16, 1837

Richard Rush writes Sir Gore Ouseley and encloses two short notes with autographs from Presidents George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. Rush, a member of the Dickinson College Board of Trustees, comments on the veneration in which Washington is...

Location: I-Friends-1976-9

Subject: Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1820-1839

Letters from James Buchanan to Charles Jared Ingersoll
1837-1847

Representative James Buchanan writes seven letters to Representative Charles Jared Ingersoll a number of different political and legal matters, including political appointments, election campaigns, the Mexican-American War, and the Oregon Treaty...

Letter from Roger B. Taney to Unknown Recipient
November 21, 1837

Chief Justice Roger Brooke Taney (Class of 1795) responds to a request for a sample of the late Chief Justice John Marshall's handwriting and a sample of Taney's own handwriting. While Taney does not have a sample of Marshall's writing, Taney...

Location: I-Friends-1975-19

Subject: Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1820-1839

Letter from James Buchanan to Thomas J. Randolph
February 20, 1838

Senator James Buchanan writes to Thomas J. Randolph providing details about the Sub-Treasury Bill, including the relation to a Government Bank, as well as predicting that the bill "will pass the Senate by a majority of two votes." Transcript...

Location: MC 1998.10, B1, F20

Subject: Economics and Finance, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1820-1839

Letters from James Buchanan to Joel R. Poinsett
1838-1839

Senator James Buchanan writes two letters to Secretary of War Joel R. Poinsett regarding the appointment of William S. Ramsey as a paymaster in the US Army and issues with how Ordnance Department grants contracts. Transcripts included.

Letter from James Buchanan to Charles Daveis
July 23, 1838

Senator James Buchanan thanks Charles S. Daveis for his "very kind" letter and notes that he has not received "a single copy of the Report." Buchanan also mentions Maine Governor Edward Kent and edits to a document in which "the province of...

Location: MC 1998.10, B1, F21

Subject: Business and Industry, International Affairs, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1820-1839

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