Politics and Government

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Letter from John Tyler to Henry Wise
January 1, 1841

Vice President-elect John Tyler writes Representative Henry A. Wise to discusses several political issues, including the sanctity of party pledges, the character of President-elect William Henry Harrison, and the uncertainty as to the makeup of...

Location: I-SpahrB-1952-5

Subject: Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from Roger B. Taney to J. Mason Campbell
January 18, 1841

Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger Brooke Taney writes J. Mason Campbell to defend a decision he made as Acting Secretary of War (June - August 1831) during President Andrew Jackson's administration. "When I acted as Secretary of War, I was [also...

Location: I-SpahrB-1965-12

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

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from Roger B. Taney to David Hoffman
March 1, 1841

Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger Brooke Taney writes to David Hoffman and explains why he must "decline taking any part in matters" relating "to the mission to Austria." While Taney would prefer to meet with Hoffman to discuss this issue, he...

Location: I-SpahrB-1965-3

Subject: International Affairs, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from James Buchanan to C. W. Gooch
May 7, 1841

Senator James Buchanan (Class of 1809) writes to Colonel C. W. Gooch, thanking the latter for procuring four James River and Kanawha Bonds on his behalf. Buchanan also extolls Virginia Senator William Henry Roane, calling him an "honest,...

Location: I-AsbellY-2003-9

Subject: Economics and Finance, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

"Tyranny of Public Opinion," by Henry B. Harnsberger
July 8, 1841

Henry B. Hamsberger prepared this oration, entitled “Tyranny of Public Opinion," for the commencement ceremonies held July 8, 1841. Authoring an original speech was among the graduation requirements for Dickinson College seniors at that time....

Location: Orations-1841-H291t

Subject: Politics and Government, Social Reform and Advocacy

Format: Speeches and Sermons

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from James Buchanan to  Stimpson Woodward
August 20, 1841

Senator James Buchanan writes to Stimpson Harvey Woodward, an entrepreneur in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, regarding Whigs politics and the Bank of the United States. Buchanan, a Democrat from Pennsylvania, claims that "the truth is the Whig party...

Location: I-Friends-2007-2

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

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from James Buchanan to M. S. Blackman
November 29, 1841

Senator James Buchanan defends his position as a candidate for President and discusses Pennsylvania's important role in national politics. "I have never yet deemed myself a candidate for the highest office, nor have I considered it," as Buchanan...

Location: MC 1998.10, B1, F27

Subject: Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Journal of Charles Collins
1842-1864

Charles Collins records his thoughts and activities from his time at Emory and Henry College in Emory, Virginia, to his years as president of Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, and then as the head of State Female College in Memphis,...

Report of Henry Clay’s speech on the Webster-Ashburton Treaty by Unknown Author
1842

This report by an unknown author discusses and provides a summary of the key points in Senator Henry Clay's speech on the Webster-Ashburton Treaty. This report notes how "[Clay] believed in the sincerity of the professions of the British Govt"...

Location: I-SpahrB-1950-2

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

Format: Reports

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from Richard Rush to Lewis Cist
January 27, 1842

Richard Rush responds to a request for his autograph as well as any letters he may have from past governors or senators from Pennsylvania for possible publication. "In regard to letters of any of the past governors or senators of [Pennsylvania],...

Location: I-BeachW-1983-6

Subject: Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from James Campbell to Reah Frazer
April 1, 1842

Postmaster General James Campbell writes to Reah Frazer, an attorney in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, about various political issues and James Buchanan as a possible candidate for a future Presidential election. "I should like very much to go...

Location: I-SpahrB-1958-3

Subject: Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

"National Ingratitude," by John R. Pattison
July 14, 1842

John Richard Pattison prepared this oration, entitled “National Ingratitude," for the commencement ceremonies held July 14, 1842. Authoring an original speech was among the graduation requirements for Dickinson College seniors at that time....

Location: Orations-1842-P321n

Subject: Politics and Government

Format: Speeches and Sermons

Time Period: 1840-1859

"British Empire in the East," by Isaac Dillon
July 13, 1843

I. Dillon prepared this oration, entitled “British Empire in the East," for the commencement ceremonies held July 13, 1843. Authoring an original speech was among the graduation requirements for Dickinson College seniors at that time. Transcript...

Location: Orations-1843-D579b

Subject: International Affairs, Politics and Government

Format: Speeches and Sermons

Time Period: 1840-1859

"Colonial Prosperity," by William L. Whitney
July 13, 1843

William L. Whitney prepared this oration, entitled “Colonial Prosperity," for the commencement ceremonies held July 13, 1843. Authoring an original speech was among the graduation requirements for Dickinson College seniors at that time....

Location: Orations-1843-W623c

Subject: Education, Politics and Government

Format: Speeches and Sermons

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from Barnabas Bates to Jesse Miller
July 27, 1843

Barnabas Bates writes to Jesse Miller and asks for a "biographical sketch" of Senator James Buchanan. If "we publish the Democrats' Almanac for 1844," Bates wants to have Buchanan's sketch "prepared." Bates also discusses preparations for the...

Location: I-SpahrB-1954-1

Subject: Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from James Buchanan to Francis Pickens
January 18, 1844

US Senator James Buchanan writes to South Carolina politician Francis Wilkinson Pickens about political issues related to the 1844 Presidential election. Buchanan also discusses the likely candidates at the time (Martin Van Buren as Democrat and...

Location: I-Friends-2003-2

Subject: Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from William Wilkins to William Biddle
June 2, 1844

Secretary of War William Wilkins (Class of 1802) responds William Biddle's questions about bids for harbor improvements in Erie, Pennsylvania. Wilkins explains that this project is “under the care of the Topographical Bureau” and “many...

Location: I-Friends-1983-22

Subject: Land and Real Estate, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from James Buchanan to Arnold Plumer
August 7, 1844

US Senator James Buchanan writes to Arnold Plumer about his Texas speech, a "Judge Cahon Nashville," and a letter that James K. Polk wrote to John K. Kane in June 1844. Buchanan also discuses the Tariff of 1842 and the Whigs in Pennsylvania.

Location: I-Friends-2005-1

Subject: Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from James Buchanan to Charles Breuil
May 6, 1845

Secretary of State James Buchanan (Class of 1809) writes to Charles Breuil, who wishes to be relieved of his current government duties. Buchanan advises Breuil to "get a few of [his] best known friends to write strong letters to" President James...

Location: I-AsbellY-2004-4

Subject: Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from Roger B. Taney to Garret Wall
December 8, 1845

Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger Brooke Taney responds to Garret Dorset Wall's recommendation of former New Jersey Governor Peter Dumont Vroom for the vacancy at the United States Supreme Court. While he may hold Governor Vroom in high regard,...

Location: I-SpahrB-1965-16

Subject: Legal Affairs, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from James Buchanan to John Davis
March 19, 1846

Secretary of State James Buchanan (Class of 1809) writes to Massachusetts Senator John Davis regarding the burglary of Mrs. Sally Blake's house in Boston. The burglar, William Baird, has fled the United States for Britain, and it is Buchanan's...

Location: I-AsbellY-2002-45

Subject: Legal Affairs, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from James Polk to Robert Grier
August 3, 1846

President James Knox Polk informs Judge Robert Cooper Grier (Class of 1812) that he has nominated Grier as an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court. Grier will "fill the vacancy occasioned by the death of Judge [Henry] Baldwin," as...

Location: I-SpahrB-undated-24

Subject: Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Journal of Marcus J. Parrott
August 1846 - February 1851, 1857

Marcus Junius Parrott records his thoughts and activities as a college student in Ohio, then in Pennsylvania at Dickinson College (graduating in 1849), as a law student thereafter at Cambridge Law School, and a few entries from 1857 when Parrott...

Letter from James Buchanan to Moses Beach
November 21, 1846

Secretary of State James Buchanan informs Moses Y. Beach that President James K. Polk has appointed him as a Confidential Agent to the Republic of Mexico. "You ought never to give the slightest intimation to any person, either directly or...

Letter from Richard Rush to Benjamin French
February 3, 1847

Richard Rush, United States Minister to France, asks Benjamin B. French when the Regents of the Smithsonian Institution adjourned and if French has heard about a pair of spectacles Rush lost. French is Clerk of the United States House of...

Location: I-Friends-1991-11

Subject: Personal and Family Life, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

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