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Letter from James Buchanan to George Plitt
November 1, 1853

James Buchanan describes his experience working and living in London as United States Minister to the United Kingdom and comments on the latest political news from the United States. George Plitt is a Pennsylvania attorney. Transcript included.

Journal of Tiphen W. Allen
November 1853 - August 1854

Tiphen Walsingham Allen, from Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, records his thoughts and activities from November 1853 to August 1854 as a student at Dickinson College. Allen is a member of the Class of 1854. Transcript included.

Letter from James Buchanan to Lily Macalester
January 20, 1854

James Buchanan writes to Lily Macalester and describes his life in London as the United States Minister to the United Kingdom. "I should be far happier in retirement at Wheatland than amidst the gaiety of London," as Buchanan notes. Transcript included.

Letter from Harriet Lane to Lily Macalester
May 4, 1854

Harriet Lane writes to Lily Macalester and discusses her voyage to London.  She will be presented to Queen Victoria later that week.  In addition, Lane notes that she attended the opera with a Mr. Peabody and sat in a box opposite of the Queen. Lane is living with her uncle, James Buchanan, who...

Letters from James Buchanan to James Webb
March 30 - December 7, 1855

James Buchanan, the United States Minister to the United Kingdom, writes four letters to General James Watson Webb regarding Buchanan's experiences living in London and international affairs, including the Ostend Manifesto, the Vienna Conference, and the prospects for peace. Buchanan also notes...

Broadside for Carlisle Springs
April 1855

A printed advertisement for Carlisle Springs, which announces June 10, 1855 as the opening date and lists prices for board and horse keeping.

Location: I-SellersC-1961-1

Subject: Carlisle and Cumberland County, Land and Real Estate, Travel and Tourism

Format: Broadsides and Posters

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from James Buchanan to Eliza Watterston
December 28, 1855

James Buchanan, the United States Minister to the United Kingdom, writes to Miss Eliza Watterston and offers condolences regarding the death of her father and a Mrs. Baker. Buchanan also explains that he is ready to return home. "I long to return to my own country which is the happiest land...

Letter from James Buchanan to Mr. Tyler
February 15, 1856

James Buchanan, the United States Minister to the United Kingdom, writes to Mr. Tyler regarding his plans to leave London as soon as George Dallas, his successor, arrives. Buchanan is not looking forward to the trip back home. " I am a very very...

Location: MC 1998.10, B3, F21

Subject: Politics and Government, Travel and Tourism

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from Robert Grier to Nelson Grier
July 8, 1857

Associate Justice of the Supreme Court Robert Cooper Grier (Class of 1812) writes to his brother, Nelson Grier, and discusses a picnic as well as a trip to the mountains.

Location: I-Friends-1981-7

Subject: Personal and Family Life, Travel and Tourism

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from Harriet Lane to Lily Macalester
September 13, 1857

First Lady Harriet Lane writes to Lily Macalester about the going ons of Washington D.C., her trip to Pennsylvania, Macalester's trip to West Point, as well as various bits of gossip. Lane also comments on several political figures, including Secretary of War John B. Floyd and Senator Stephen...

Journal of Horatio Collins King
1858-1859

Horatio Collins King, a member of the Class of 1858, records his thoughts and activities of his daily life in the first year after his graduation from Dickinson College. King's entries include notes on his travels through New England, Canada, and New York. In addition, King discusses social life...

Location: MC 1999.9, B3, F1

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

Format: Diaries and Journals

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from William Lloyd Garrison to Andrew Paton
April 10, 1863

Moncure D. Conway carries a letter for abolitionist William L. Garrison, who writes from Boston to his friend, Andrew Paton in Glasgow, Scotland, and introduces Conway in terms of highest commendation. Garrison also explains that Conway is on "an anti-slavery mission to England." Garrison hopes...

Letter from James Buchanan to Jeremiah Black
June 7, 1863

Former President James Buchanan writes to Jeremiah Sullivan Black regarding his health and to plan a get together. Buchanan plans "to visit the Bedford Springs the present season." Black served in President Buchanan's administration as the U.S. Attorney General and U.S. Secretary of State.

Location: I-Friends-2004-2

Subject: Health and Medicine, Personal and Family Life, Travel and Tourism

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from Ned Hastings to His Sisters
September 13, 1865

Ned Hastings (Class of 1865) writes to his four sisters about his life as a student at Harvard and in Boston. Hastings also compares Harvard's campus to Dickinson's campus as well as comments on how Boston is different from New York and Philadelphia. "Talk about Dickinson's Campus," Hastings...

Location: I-Friends-1975-16

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

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from Ned Hastings to Jane Hastings
September 13, 1865

Ned Hastings (Class of 1865) writes to Jane Hastings, his mother, describing his search for housing and receiving his "certificate as 'a member of Harvard Law School". Transcript included.

Location: I-Friends-1975-16

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

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Journal of Horatio Collins King
December 26, 1865 - September 28, 1869

Horatio Collins King details his life in post-war New York City society, including his work as a lawyer, his second marriage to Esther A. Howard and honeymoon at Niagara Falls, and a trip to Nebraska aboard the new Union Pacific railroad. Transcript included.

Location: MC 1999.9, B3, F2

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

Format: Diaries and Journals

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from Samuel Clemens to Horatio Collins King and John Howard
March 13, 1869

Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known as Mark Twain, writes to Horatio Collins King and John R. Howard, regretting that he will be unable to lecture for them as he "must make ready from a short visit to California." Envelope included.

Location: I-HartM-1980-1

Subject: Literary Pursuits, Travel and Tourism

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letters from Spencer Baird to George Lawrence (Apr. - Jun. 1869)
April - June 1869

Spencer Fullerton Baird, Assistant Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, writes six letters to George Lawrence on issues that include lists of specimens and other articles, inquiries on novel specimens, and travel updates. Transcripts included. 

Location: MC 2000.11, B1, F2

Subject: Personal and Family Life, Science and Technology, Travel and Tourism

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letters from Spencer Baird to George Lawrence (Jul. - Aug. 1869)
July - August 1869

Spencer Fullerton Baird, Assistant Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, writes three letters to George Lawrence regarding the exchange of collections (primarily those of bird specimens) as well as his travels around New England. Transcripts included. 

Location: MC 2000.11, B1, F3

Subject: Personal and Family Life, Science and Technology, Travel and Tourism

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letters from Spencer Baird to George Lawrence (Apr. - Jun. 1872)
April - June 1872

Spencer Fullerton Baird, Assistant Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, writes five letters to George Lawrence in which he discusses his attempt in encouraging Dr. Feuchtwanger to give his collection of minerals to the Smithsonian. Baird also asks Lawrence for some of his illustrations of...

Location: MC 2000.11, B1, F14

Subject: Personal and Family Life, Science and Technology, Travel and Tourism

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letters from Spencer Baird to George Lawrence (Jul. – Aug. 1872)
July - August 1872

Spencer Fullerton Baird, Assistant Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, writes two letters to George Lawrence regarding travel plans and the weather. Transcripts included.

Location: MC 2000.11, B1, F15

Subject: Personal and Family Life, Travel and Tourism, Weather and Climate

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

 Letters from Spencer Baird to George Lawrence (Oct. – Dec. 1872)
October - December 1872

Spencer Fullerton Baird, Assistant Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, writes two short letters to George Lawrence in which he discusses travel plans and his intention to meet with him. Baird also confirms the receipt of the drawings and notebooks of Col. Grayson. Transcripts included. ...

Location: MC 2000.11, B1, F16

Subject: Personal and Family Life, Science and Technology, Travel and Tourism

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letters from Spencer Baird to George Lawrence (Jan. – Jul. 1873)
January - July 1873

Spencer Fullerton Baird, Assistant Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, writes three letters to George Lawrence in which he discusses the merits of a novel collection of Alaskan birds, and describes his stay in Portland. Transcripts included. 

Location: MC 2000.11, B1, F17

Subject: Personal and Family Life, Science and Technology, Travel and Tourism

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from Spencer Baird to George Lawrence
January 20, 1873

Assistant Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution Spencer F. Baird writes George N. Lawrence regarding a change in plans for visiting New York City. As "Mr. [Kepel's?] departure from Bremen with the fish eggs has been somewhat delayed," Baird notes that he will adjust his travel schedule...

Location: I-SpahrB-1966-12

Subject: Science and Technology, Travel and Tourism

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from Spencer Baird to George Lawrence
March 11, 1873

Assistant Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution Spencer Baird writes George Lawrence regarding how to send supplies to Dr. Gideon Lincecum in Tuxpan, Mexico.

Location: I-SpahrB-1966-12

Subject: Science and Technology, Travel and Tourism

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

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