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Letter from John Reynolds to James Buchanan
May 2, 1832

John Reynolds writes to James Buchanan, the United States Minister to Russia, regarding various business matters that he will address while Buchanan is out of the country. "I fear you have had a rough and tedious passage and suffered from sea sickness though I indulge the hope that you are this...

Location: MC 1998.10, B4, F21

Subject: Business and Industry, Personal and Family Life, Travel and Tourism

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1820-1839

Letter from James Buchanan to James Humes
October 13, 1832

James Buchanan writes to James Humes regarding the "unpleasant circumstances attending my departure" from the United States, Pennsylvania Governor George Wolf's re-election, and increasing sectional tensions. Buchanan also describes his experience living in St. Petersburg as the United States...

Letter from James Buchanan to J. Randolph Clay
January 9, 1833

James Buchanan, the Minister to Russia, writes J. Randolph Clay with complaints about the cost of sending mail from the United States to Russia and offers diplomatic advice. Transcript included.

Letter from John Durbin to Johnston Armstrong
March 9, 1833

John P. Durbin writes to Johnston Armstrong about the title on a property in Cincinnati, Ohio, as well as plans an upcoming trip to Europe. "As it regards my [trip] to Europe," Durbin explains that he "shall not be able to go before next spring" because of "the condition of my family, the...

Location: I-SpahrB-1970-4

Subject: Health and Medicine, Land and Real Estate, Travel and Tourism

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1820-1839

Journal of Hiester Henry Muhlenberg
July 31 - September 28, 1833

Hiester Henry Muhlenberg's travel journal, which he titles "Of a Tour in Search of Pleasure & Health," includes almost daily entries between July 31 - September 28, 1833. Muhlenberg ('29) takes this on this trip after he graduates from the University of Pennsylvania Medical School. He...

Location: I-Friends-2013-1

Subject: Personal and Family Life, Travel and Tourism

Format: Diaries and Journals

Time Period: 1820-1839

Letter from Roger B. Taney to William Beall
July 25, 1834

Former Secretary of the Treasury Roger Brooke Taney writes to William Beall, agreeing to attend a dinner "which my friends propose to honor me with" and outlining his travel plans for arriving at the event. Transcript included.

Location: I-AsbellY-2004-8

Subject: Personal and Family Life, Travel and Tourism

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1820-1839

Letter from William Wilkins to Matilda Wilkins
October 7, 1834

William Wilkins writes to his wife, Matilda Wilkins, during a trip from Transmundi to St. Petersburg.  He discusses sightseeing in Lubeck and an eight-mile ride in "His Lordship's" carriage.

Location: I-Friends-1982-11

Subject: Personal and Family Life, Travel and Tourism

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1820-1839

Letter from William Wilkins to Matilda Wilkins
October 11, 1834

William Wilkins writes to his wife, Matilda Wilkins, and discusses a recent voyage from London to Tansmundi. William also gives his regards to their children. Transcript included.

Location: I-Friends-1982-11

Subject: Personal and Family Life, Travel and Tourism

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1820-1839

Letter from William Wilkins to Charles Wilkins
December 26, 1834

Diplomat and politician William Wilkins (Class of 1802) writes his son, Charles, and explains the Russian calendar. Wilkins also urges his son to resist temptation.

Location: I-Friends-1982-12

Subject: Personal and Family Life, Travel and Tourism

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1820-1839

Letter from William Wilkins to "Pet" Wilkins
December 29, 1834

Minister to Russia William Wilkins writes to his daughter, whom he calls "Pet."  Wilkins says that he received her letter and describes packages he sent with Mr. Livingstone. He also says that Mr. Biddle is his best friend, and explains that if his son Charles is good then he will get a horse....

Location: I-Friends-1982-13

Subject: International Affairs, Personal and Family Life, Travel and Tourism

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1820-1839

Letter from William Wilkins to Maria Wilkins
January 1835

William Wilkins, United States Minister to Russia, writes to his daughter Maria from abroad. Wilkins tells her about a dinner with the British Minister and wishes that Maria's brother Charles could go to school in St. Petersburg so he could learn French, German, and Russian.

Location: I-Friends-1982-14

Subject: Personal and Family Life, Travel and Tourism

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1820-1839

Letter from William Wilkins to Matilda Wilkins
February 27, 1835

William Wilkins writes to his wife, Matilda Wilkins, expressing fatigue from a journey to Brussels. Transcript included.

Location: I-Friends-1982-11

Subject: Personal and Family Life, Travel and Tourism

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1820-1839

Letter from William Wilkins to His Children
May 17, 1835

William Wilkins, Minister to Russia, writes to all six of his children from St. Petersburg, with a paragraph to each. Transcript included.

Location: O-Friends-1982-2

Subject: Personal and Family Life, Travel and Tourism

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1820-1839

"Venice," by Amos Slaymaker
July 19, 1838

Amos Slaymaker prepared this oration, entitled "Venice," for the commencement ceremonies held July 19, 1838. Authoring an original speech was among the graduation requirements for Dickinson College seniors at that time. Transcript included.

Location: Orations-1838-S631v

Subject: International Affairs, Travel and Tourism

Format: Speeches and Sermons

Time Period: 1820-1839

Letter from Charles Stinson to His Father
September 15, 1841

Charles Stinson (Class of 1845) writes to his father about his trip to Carlisle and starting classes at Dickinson. After meeting with President John Durbin, Stinson notes that the "conclusion is... that I am wholly unprepared to enter" as a Sophomore. Stinson also describes some of the "strange...

Letter from Beverly Waugh to J. B. Roberts
June 17-18, 1844

Beverley Waugh writes to his cousin, J. B. Roberts, over a two day period about a variety of topics. In the first part of the letter, Waugh expresses his pleasure at hearing from him, and describes his fascination with Robertsville, saying: "sooner will my right hand forget her cunning, and my...

Letter from Joseph Henry to George Marsh
August 1, 1849

Smithsonian Institution Secretary Joseph Henry writes to George P. Marsh, requesting favors before Marsh travels to the Ottoman Empire. One wish is that Marsh will write a letter "in favor of our friend Prof. [Spencer Fullerton] Baird [Class of 1840] as a suitable person should one be required...

Location: I-AsbellY-2005-3

Subject: Education, Travel and Tourism

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from William Snively to J. S. Gordon
March 2, 1850

William Snively writes to J. S. Gordon regarding his experience as a student at Dickinson. Snively, who is preparing for the ‘April Examination,’ describes students' rowdy behavior, including an incident when "some persons tore all the seats out of Prof. Marshall’s lecture room, and made a...

Letter from John Thropp Jr. to Christian Humrich
April 23, 1850

John Thropp Jr. asks Christian Humrich about an old friend and asks him to write to "let me know... how you are all getting along at Old Dickinson." In addition, Thropp describes a trip he took the previous year and notes his intent to visit Carlisle soon. "I want to see old Carlisle once more...

Letters from Charles Collins to Harriet Collins (Jul. 1851)
July 8-9, 1851

Charles Collins writes two letters to his wife, Harriet, regarding his trip to Portland, Maine, and shares news of their family and friends. Collins also mentions watching a doctor perform an operation with chloroform and listening to a lecture on temperance by John B. Gough. "[Gough] is a...

Letter from James Buchanan to James Henry
March 26, 1852

James Buchanan (Class of 1809) writes to his nephew, James Buchanan Henry, and congratulates him for good grades in mathematics as well as offers advice for an upcoming exam. Buchanan also mentions his niece Harriet Lane, who is in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania but expected to return in the coming...

Location: I-AsbellY-2003-8

Subject: Education, Personal and Family Life, Travel and Tourism

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from Christian Humrich to His Family
August 12, 1852

Christian Humrich writes to his family regarding traveling to Pittsburgh and the Free Spoilers convention that coincided with his visit. "I have heard many accounts of Pittsburgh, but" as Humrich explains, he "had no idea of the dirt, filth and stench. Transcript included.

Location: I-Original-undated-15

Subject: Personal and Family Life, Politics and Government, Travel and Tourism

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letters from Charles Collins to Harriet Collins (Mar. 1853)
March 7-8, 1853

Dickinson College President Charles Collins writes two letters to his wife, Harriet Collins, while at a Methodist church conference in Hagerstown, Maryland. Collins also spoke at a missionary meeting along with Abel Stevens. Collins also notes that he is impatient to see her again when he...

Location: I-EwigC-1990-1

Subject: Religion and Spirituality, Travel and Tourism

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letters from Charles Collins to Harriet Collins (Jul. - Aug. 1853)
July - August 1853

Dickinson College President Charles Collins writes five letters to his wife, Harriet Collins, while on a trip. Collins describes his travel experience as well as the various meetings he attended. Collins explains that "contrary to expectation when I first came, I have enjoyed myself very much"...

Letters from James Buchanan to James L. Reynolds
1853-1856

James Buchanan writes eight letters from London to to James L. Reynolds on a number of different subjects, including life as the United States Minister to the United Kingdom, the Vienna Conference, the Crimean War, the Nebraska Bill, and the 1856 Presidential election. Transcripts included.

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