Politics and Government

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Letter from Richard Rush to Mr. Corbin
June 26, 1848

Richard Rush, United States Minister to France, informs a Mr. Corbin that the continued siege of Paris means that he is unfortunately "forced to forgo the pleasure of receiving my friends at dinner tomorrow." Rush also comments on and returns the...

"Italy under Pius IX," by John Andrew Jackson Creswell
July 13, 1848

John Andrew Jackson Creswell prepared this oration, entitled “Italy Under Pius IX," for the commencement ceremonies held July 13, 1848. Authoring an original speech was among the graduation requirements for Dickinson College seniors at that time...

Location: Orations-1848-C923i

Subject: Politics and Government, Religion and Spirituality

Format: Speeches and Sermons

Time Period: 1840-1859

Collegian (Vol. 1, No. 5)
July 1849

The final issue of the Collegian, Dickinson College's first monthly literary publication. Includes "Gregory VII," "The Breakers," "A Thunder Storm," "The European Crisis," "The College of the Magii," "American Prejudices," "Recollections...

Location: Dickinsoniana Periodicals

Subject: Dickinson College Student Life, Literary Pursuits, Politics and Government

Format: Newspapers and Magazines

Time Period: 1840-1859

"The American Newspaper Press," by Henry B. Ridgaway
July 12, 1849

Hneyr B. Ridgaway prepared this oration, entitled “The American Newspaper Press," for the commencement ceremonies held July 12, 1849. Authoring an original speech was among the graduation requirements for Dickinson College seniors at that time....

Location: Orations-1849-R544a

Subject: Literary Pursuits, Politics and Government

Format: Speeches and Sermons

Time Period: 1840-1859

"The Angel of Assassination," by Richard G. Chaney
July 12, 1849

Richard G. Chaney prepared this oration, entitled “The Angel of Assassination," for the commencement ceremonies held July 12, 1849. Authoring an original speech was among the graduation requirements for Dickinson College seniors at that time....

Location: Orations-1849-C456a

Subject: Politics and Government

Format: Speeches and Sermons

Time Period: 1840-1859

Broadside, Reward for Fugitive Slaves by Henry Culler
September 25, 1849

Henry Culler, a resident near Jefferson, Frederick County, Maryland, publishes this broadside offering a 400 dollar reward for the return of two run-away slaves; Bill Dorsey and John Ceders, on September 25, 1849.

"Bigotry," by Phil M. Leakin
July 11, 1850

Phil M. Leakin prepared this oration, entitled “Bigotry," for the commencement ceremonies held July 11, 1850. Authoring an original speech was among the graduation requirements for Dickinson College seniors at that time. Transcript included.

Location: Orations-1850-L435b

Subject: Politics and Government, Religion and Spirituality

Format: Speeches and Sermons

Time Period: 1840-1859

"Democratic Passion," by Samuel H. Reynolds
July 11, 1850

Samuel Henry Reynolds prepared this oration, entitled “Democratic Passion," for the commencement ceremonies held July 11, 1850. Authoring an original speech was among the graduation requirements for Dickinson College seniors at that time....

Location: Orations-1850-R465d

Subject: Politics and Government

Format: Speeches and Sermons

Time Period: 1840-1859

"The Roman Catholics of Maryland," by Richard D. Sellman
July 11, 1850

Richard D. Sellman prepared this oration, entitled "The Roman Catholics of Maryland," for the commencement ceremonies held July 11, 1850. Authoring an original speech was among the graduation requirements for Dickinson College seniors at that...

Location: Orations-1850-S467r

Subject: Politics and Government, Religion and Spirituality

Format: Speeches and Sermons

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from James Buchanan to James Campbell
January 30, 1851

Pennsylvania politician James Buchanan congratulates James Campbell on his recent political victory and discusses W. Baker's appointment as superintendent of the Columbia Rail Road. While one of Campbell's friends opposes Baker's selection,...

Letter from James Buchanan to Robert Tyler
May 7, 1851

James Buchanan writes Robert Tyler, son of President John Tyler, about Buchanan's tenure as secretary of state under President James Polk and the Mexican War. "The appointments of officers in the Mexican war nearly ruined me politically in...

Location: I-Friends-2003-4

Subject: Military Affairs and Conflict, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

"The Genius of Revolution," by George B. Day
June 1851

George B. Day prepared this oration, entitled “The Genius of Revolution," for the Junior Prize contest held June 1851. Transcript included.

Location: Orations-1851-D273g

Subject: Education, Politics and Government, Social Reform and Advocacy

Format: Speeches and Sermons

Time Period: 1840-1859

"The Destiny of America," by James M. Kimberlin
June 26, 1851

James Monroe Kimberlin prepared this oration, entitled “The Destiny of America," for the commencement ceremonies held June 26, 1851. Authoring an original speech was among the graduation requirements for Dickinson College seniors at that time. In...

Location: Orations-1851-K49d

Subject: Politics and Government, Social Reform and Advocacy

Format: Speeches and Sermons

Time Period: 1840-1859

"The National Monument," by James S. Thomas
June 26, 1851

James S. Thomas prepared this oration, entitled “The National Monument," for the commencement ceremonies held June 26, 1851. Authoring an original speech was among the graduation requirements for Dickinson College seniors at that time. Transcript...

Location: Orations-1851-T458n

Subject: Education, Politics and Government

Format: Speeches and Sermons

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from Simon Cameron to Reah Frazer
March 9, 1852

Simon Cameron writes to Reah Frazer, an attorney in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, and requests copies of James Buchanan's speeches against the war, presumably the Mexican-American War. With them, Cameron explains that southern senators will...

Location: I-SpahrB-1957-5

Subject: Military Affairs and Conflict, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from William Wilkins to John Bigler
April 2, 1852

Former Secretary of War William Wilkins writes California Governor John Bigler and recommends Samuel A. Dickey, the son of Representative John Dickey, for a position or appointment. Wilkins notes that Samuel "is of good character and correct...

Location: I-Purchase-1998-1

Subject: Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

"A Word for the Poor," by John McCarty
July 8, 1852

John McCarty prepared this oration, entitled “A Word for the Poor," for the commencement ceremonies held July 18, 1852. Authoring an original speech was among the graduation requirements for Dickinson College seniors at that time. Transcript...

Location: Orations-1852-M123w

Subject: Politics and Government, Social Reform and Advocacy

Format: Speeches and Sermons

Time Period: 1840-1859

"France," by George J. Conner
July 8, 1852

George Jacob Conner prepared this oration, entitled “France," for the commencement ceremonies held July 8, 1852. Authoring an original speech was among the graduation requirements for Dickinson College seniors at that time. Transcript included....

"Our Destiny," by Christian P. Z. Humrich
July 8, 1852

Christian P. Z. Humrich prepared this oration, entitled “Our Destiny," for the commencement ceremonies held July 8, 1852. Authoring an original speech was among the graduation requirements for Dickinson College seniors at that time. Transcript...

Location: Orations-1852-H929o

Subject: Politics and Government

Format: Speeches and Sermons

Time Period: 1840-1859

"The Democratic Principle," by James T. Carlile
July 8, 1852

James Taylor Carlile prepared this oration, entitled “The Democratic Principle," for the commencement ceremonies held July 8, 1852. Authoring an original speech was among the graduation requirements for Dickinson College seniors at that time....

Location: Orations-1852-C282d

Subject: Politics and Government

Format: Speeches and Sermons

Time Period: 1840-1859

"The Instability of Popular Favor," by Joseph B. Wilson
July 8, 1852

Joseph Blake Wilson prepared this oration, entitled “The Instability of Popular Favor," for the commencement ceremonies held July 8, 1852. Authoring an original speech was among the graduation requirements for Dickinson College seniors at that...

Location: Orations-1852-W749i

Subject: Politics and Government

Format: Speeches and Sermons

Time Period: 1840-1859

"The War of Opinion," by William A. Snively
July 8, 1852

William Andrew Snively prepared this oration, entitled “The War of Opinion," for the commencement ceremonies held July 8, 1852. Authoring an original speech was among the graduation requirements for Dickinson College seniors at that time....

Location: Orations-1852-S672w

Subject: Politics and Government, Religion and Spirituality

Format: Speeches and Sermons

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from Spencer Baird to James Marshall
October 23, 1852

Spencer F. Baird ('40) writes to Dickinson College Professor James W. Marshall ('48) regarding books (Congressional volumes)that were sent to the Dickinson College library by mistake. As "The State Department is very anxious to have back," Baird...

Location: I-Original-1852-5

Subject: Dickinson College Administration, Education, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from Hetty Parker to James Henry
November 9, 1852

Hetty Parker, James Buchanan's housekeeper, writes to James B. Henry, Buchanan's nephew. Parker discusses Buchanan's travels and mentions that "President Pierce is anxious to have your Uncle Secretary of State but wether he will except or not I...

Location: I-Friends-2010-3

Subject: Personal and Family Life, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from James Buchanan to Franklin Pierce
March 8, 1853

James Buchanan writes to President Franklin Pierce and recommends that James C. Van Dyke be appointed as the district attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Transcript included.

Location: MC 1998.10, B3, F11

Subject: Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

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