Politics and Government

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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 Buchanan to Thomas Brice
February 26, 1842

Senator James Buchanan writes to Thomas Brice regarding how society values "mechanicks" and argues against cutting the salaries of members of Congress. Buchanan explains that Brice "underrates the estimation in which our mechanicks are held." "I...

Location: MC 1998.10, B2, F1

Subject: Business and Industry, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from James Buchanan to George McClellan
February 27, 1842

Senator James Buchanan responds to Dr. George McClellan's request for his son to receive an appointment as a cadet, possibly to West Point. "I have not interfered either directly or indirectly, in any appointment since Mr. Van Buren retired; but...

Location: MC 1998.10, B2, F1

Subject: Military Affairs and Conflict, 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

Letter from James Buchanan to P. G. Washington
October 18, 1842

Senator James Buchanan responds to P. G. Washington's request for a recommendation for a political appointment. "I have recommended no friend for office," as Buchanan explains, "since the present administration came into power." Transcript...

Location: MC 1998.10, B2, F2

Subject: Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from James Buchanan to Benjamin Champneys
January 13, 1843

Senator James Buchanan writes Benjamin Champneys, a Pennsylvania State Senator, to thank him for his help "in rescuing me from the hands of the Philistines" and to discuss several political issues. "I never believed until the present moment that...

Location: MC 1998.10, B2, F4

Subject: Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

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

Letters from James Buchanan to John M. Read
1843-1849

James Buchanan writes to John M. Read regarding candidates for the Pennsylvania gubernatorial election of 1844 as well as how legislation on slavery is increasing sectional tensions. "At the North we are totally ignorant of the deep, pervading...

Location: MC 1998.10

Subject: Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letters from James Buchanan to Henry Welsh
1843-1851

James Buchanan writes to Henry Welch regarding various political issues in Pennsylvania and Buchanan's chances of winning elections. "My own prospects never were so bright as at the present moment...

Location: MC 1998.10

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 James Tallmadge
January 5, 1845

Senator James Buchanan writes to General James Tallmadge regarding the Oregon border negotiations. Transcript included.

Location: MC 1998.10, B2, F9

Subject: International Affairs, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from James Buchanan to George Guier
January 19, 1845

Senator James Buchanan writes to George Guier and explains why he cannot help Guier's son secure an appointment as a notary public in California. "The President has no power to appoint a Notary Public in California or to make any other civil...

Location: MC 1998.10, B2, F21

Subject: Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from James Buchanan to Caleb Cushing
April 26, 1845

Secretary of State James Buchanan writes former Representative Caleb Cushing and offers him an appointment as "the chief clerkship in the Department of State." "Your services in this position, in the present state of our foreign relations might...

Location: MC 1998.10, B2, F9

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 James Buchanan to J. Randolph Clay
September 27, 1845

Secretary of State James Buchanan to diplomat J. Randolph Clay regarding future diplomatic appointments, the annexation of Texas, and the possibility of a war with Mexico. "I think, from present appearances we shall have no war with Mexico; but...

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 Jacob Weidman
February 6, 1846

Secretary of State James Buchanan writes to Jacob B. Weidman regarding appointments of midshipmen to the United States Navy as well as Judge Woodward's confirmation. Transcript included.

Location: MC 1998.10, B2, F11

Subject: Military Affairs and Conflict, 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

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