Politics and Government

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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 included.

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 of the [Pennsylvania] Legislature," as Buchanan...

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 address an allegation made against him. "I find...

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 included.

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 included.

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 interests or those of the State on this question," as...

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 held and the penmanship of both statesmen.

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. Transcripts included.

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 notes that this letter can serve as a sample of his...

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 included.

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 Quebec"was substituted for that of Nova Scotia in the...

Location: MC 1998.10, B1, F21

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

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1820-1839

Letter from James Buchanan to Reuel William
September 18, 1838

Senator James Buchanan writes to Senator Reuel William regarding the 1838 gubernatorial election in Pennsylvania between Joseph Ritner and David Porter. Transcript included.

Location: MC 1998.10, B1, F21

Subject: Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1820-1839

Letters from James Buchanan to Aaron Vail
1838, 1849

Two letters from James Buchanan to American diplomat Aaron Vail regarding relations with the United Kingdom and the "perfect chaos" of the United States' consular system. Transcripts included.

Location: MC 1998.10

Subject: International Affairs, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1820-1839, 1840-1859

Letter from James Buchanan to James A. Caldwell
December 22, 1838

Senator James Buchanan writes to James A. Caldwell and offers job advice. "I fear you are about to abandon your noble, safe & prudent position without necessity," as Buchanan explains. Transcript included.

Location: MC 1998.10, B1, F21

Subject: Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1820-1839

Letter from Henry Logan to Martin Van Buren (Draft)
January 18, 1839

Pennsylvania Representative Henry Logan's draft of his response to a dinner invitation from President Martin Van Buren for January 23, 1839.

Location: I-LoganH-1968-1

Subject: Personal and Family Life, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1820-1839

"The Congress of Panama," by James G. Hamilton
July 11, 1839

James G. Hamilton prepared this oration, entitled “The Congress of Panama," for the commencement ceremonies held July 11, 1839. Authoring an original speech was among the graduation requirements for Dickinson College seniors at that time. Transcript included.

Location: Orations-1839-H218c

Subject: International Affairs, Politics and Government

Format: Speeches and Sermons

Time Period: 1820-1839

Letter from Thomas Williams to C. B. Penrose
October 9, 1839

William Thomas (Class of 1825) writes to Carlisle lawyer C.B. Penrose, discussing the "election of our entire ticket" and analyzing opposition towards "Loco Focos," a faction of the Democratic party, as well as abolitionists.

Location: I-SpahrB-undated-54

Subject: Carlisle and Cumberland County, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1820-1839

Letter from James Buchanan to John R. Savage
January 1, 1840

Senator James Buchanan informs John R. Savage that his son has "no prospect of obtaining a midshipman's warrant" in the United States Navy. Transcript included.

Location: MC 1998.10, B1, F24

Subject: Military Affairs and Conflict, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letters from James Buchanan to Thomas L. Hamer
1840-1842

Senator James Buchanan writes two letters to Thomas L. Hamer discussing various contemporary political leaders. In the first letter, Buchanan reflects upon John C. Calhoun's recent visit to the President and the nomination of William H. Harrison as a candidate in the 1840 Presidential election....

Location: MC 1998.10

Subject: Economics and Finance, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letters from James Buchanan to Reah Frazer
1840-1844

Senator James Buchanan writes five letters to Col Reah Frazer regarding a number of different political issues, including the 1840 Democratic National Convention, the 1840 and 1844 Presidential Elections, the Independent Treasury Bill, appointments to President Tyler's cabinet, the possibility...

Letter from Joseph Trumbull to James Lanman
March 9, 1840

Representative Joseph Trumbull writes former Senator James Lanman to discuss the political situation in the United States Congress as well as James Buchanan's political views. The "House [of Representatives] is a perfect Bedlam and the Senate seems to me to have degenerated," as Trumbull...

Location: I-SpahrB-1960-5

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

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

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