Politics and Government

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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....

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...

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,...

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...

Location: I-SpahrB-1960-5

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

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letters from James Buchanan to Unknown Recipients
1840-1855

Senator James Buchanan writes four letters on a number of different topics, including Congressional legislation on bankruptcy, banks, the Tariff bill, the 1844 Democratic National Convention in Baltimore, and political conditions in Pennsylvania...

"Salutatory Oration: Extent of the Duty of Obedience," by George Coffey
July 9, 1840

George Alexander Coffey prepared this oration, entitled "Salutatory Oration: Extent of the Duty of Obedience," for the commencement ceremonies held July 9, 1840. Authoring an original speech was among the graduation requirements for Dickinson...

Letter from Roger B. Taney to James Paulding
August 17, 1840

Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger Brooke Taney writes to James K. Paulding, Secretary of the Navy, about the application of the late Levin Gale's two sons.

Location: I-Friends-1983-14

Subject: Military Affairs and Conflict, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letters from James Buchanan to Edward D. Gazzam
1840-1842

Senator James Buchanan writes three letters to Edward D. Gazzam regarding political maters in Pennsylvania as well as the national level. Democrats will "leave the Whig party to themselves" because, as Buchanan explains, "this party contains...

Location: MC 1998.10

Subject: Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from James Buchanan to A. B. Cummings
December 17, 1840

Senator James Buchanan (Class of 1809) writes to lawyer A. B. Cummings regarding his initial non-compliance with a request from the latter. Buchanan believes the "business had all been arranged" but will "call at the Department without delay" if...

Location: I-AsbellY-2003-14

Subject: Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

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 J. C. Plumer
August 26, 1841

Senator James Buchanan writes to J. C. Plumer regarding the fate of a Bank Bill that the House of Representatives had recently approved. "We shall show it off in its naked deformity before it passes the Senate," as Buchanan observes. Buchanan...

Location: MC 1998.10, B1, F26

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

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from James Buchanan to Ross Wilkins
November 19, 1841

Senator James Buchanan writes to Ross Wilkins a letter reflecting upon Michigan's establishment of the "Wild cat" banking system, which "was one great cause of its prostration." Buchanan also comments on the possibility of a conflict with the...

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,...

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