1820-1839

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Letters from James Buchanan to Thomas Elder
1827-1828

Representative James Buchanan writes Thomas Elder and discusses a number of issues in two letters, including the health of Judge Duncan, the 1829 Pennsylvania gubernatorial election, cities that a transcontinental road would pass through, a trial of six Tennessee militia men sentenced to...

Letter from John McLean to William Murphy
February 4, 1828

John McLean, United States Postmaster, writes William Murphy, the Postmaster of Maysville, Kentucky, to remind him of the obligation to deliver letters on Sunday that "arrive on Saturday night." "Please conform to [this rule] and render the office as accommodating as possible to all persons...

Location: I-Purchase-1973-1

Subject: Business and Industry, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1820-1839

Letter from James Buchanan to Joseph Gales and William Seaton
April 16, 1828

Representative James Buchanan writes Joseph Gales and William Seaton to complain about being misquoted in a newspaper article. "I never expressed such an opinion" on imports, as Buchanan notes. Buchanan also asks them to publish a correction. Transcript included.

Location: MC 1998.10, B1, F8

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

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1820-1839

Letter from Roger B. Taney to Arthur Shaaff
May 14, 1828

Maryland Attorney General Roger Brooke Taney writes to Arthur Shaaff, an attorney in Georgia, to share news about his family as well as discus legal and political issues. Taney notes that his two daughters, along with Shaaff's friends, are in Georgetown for Rebecca Key's wedding. In addition,...

Letter from Roger B. Taney to Beal Randall
May 22, 1828

Maryland Attorney General Roger Brooke Taney writes to Beal Randall of the Mutual Insurance Company of Baltimore regarding a settlement. Transcript included.

Location: I-AsbellY-2004-8

Subject: Economics and Finance, Legal Affairs

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1820-1839

Catalogue of the Officers & Students of Dickinson College, 1827-28
July 1828

The Dickinson College catalog for the 1827-1828 academic year. Through the years, the annual catalog was variously titled "The Bulletin," "Catalogue and Register," "Course Catalog," and similar variants. The catalog typically includes the list of courses offered, requirements for enrollment,...

Location: Dickinsoniana Periodicals

Subject: Dickinson College Academic Affairs, Dickinson College Administration, Education

Format: Books and Pamphlets

Time Period: 1820-1839

Letter from Richard Rush to John F. Watson
August 2, 1828

Richard Rush responds to John F. Watson's request for assistance in obtaining an "appointment as governor or superintendent of the Marine Assylum near Philadelphia." Rush explains that he talked to Secretary of the Navy Samuel L. Southard, who noted that it was likely "that a naval officer will...

Location: I-YoungH-1959-1

Subject: Military Affairs and Conflict, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1820-1839

Legal Opinion of Roger B. Taney on Charles Ridgely's Will
October 7, 1828

Maryland Attorney General Roger Brooke Taney's writes this interpretation of Charles Ridgely' will in regard to the "land bought of Henry Darnall." Taney provides his opinion on this matter at the request of General Ridgely, who had inherited the land in question from Charles Ridgely. Transcript...

Location: I-SpahrB-1961-2

Subject: Land and Real Estate, Legal Affairs

Format: Legal and Government Documents

Time Period: 1820-1839

Letter from Roger B. Taney to Arthur Shaaff
December 8, 1828

Maryland Attorney General Roger Brooke Taney writes Arthur Shaaff, an attorney in Georgia, to offer advice about seeking an office in President-Elect Andrew Jackson's administration. "While nobody can undertake to say what course Genl. Jackson will take," Taney notes that Jackson's "friends hope...

Location: I-SpahrB-undated-40

Subject: Personal and Family Life, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1820-1839

Hiester Muhlenberg's Notebook on "The History of the Peloponnesian War" by Thucydides
1829-1830

The first portion of Hiester Muhlenberg's notebook while a student at Dickinson College consists of synopses of each book in Thucydides' "The History of the Peloponnesian War."

Hiester Muhlenberg's notebook consists of synopses of each book in Thucydides' "The History of the Peloponnesian...

Letter from Richard Rush to Joseph Manning
January 6, 1829

United States Treasury Secretary Richard Rush writes to Joseph B. Manning stating that he has forwarded Manning's letter and enclosed $30 to the Department of State, "to which the subject of patents belongs."

Location: I-BeachW-1974-4

Subject: Business and Industry, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1820-1839

Letter from James Buchanan to Unknown Recipient
February 7, 1829

Representative James Buchanan writes a letter from Washington, DC, and discusses several political issues in Pennsylvania, including the 1829 Gubernatorial election. Buchanan describes Isaac Barnard, a possible candidate for governor, as "a high minded, independent honest man" who will never "...

Location: MC 1998.10, B1, F9

Subject: Politics and Government

Format: Legal and Government Documents

Time Period: 1820-1839

Letters from James Buchanan to Isaac D. Barnard
March - August 1829

Representative James Buchanan writes two letters to Senator Isaac D. Barnard to discuss political matters as well as console him for his defeat at the Harrisburg Convention. Transcripts included.

Location: MC 1998.10

Subject: Personal and Family Life, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1820-1839

Letter from Roger B. Taney to John Branch
March 30, 1829

Maryland Attorney General of Roger Brooke Taney writes to Secretary of the Navy John Branch and recommends Mr. William M. Wood for a surgeon's mate appointment in the U.S. Navy. Taney describes Wood as "a young man of excellent talents," even though Taney admits that he has "no personal...

Location: I-SpahrB-1965-14

Subject: Military Affairs and Conflict

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1820-1839

Letter from Roger B. Taney to Unknown Recipient
May 8, 1829

Maryland Attorney General Roger Brooke Taney (Class of 1795) discusses President Andrew Jackson, Treasury Secretary Samuel D. Ingham, and party politics.

Location: I-Friends-2000-1

Subject: Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1820-1839

Legal Opinion of Roger B. Taney on A. Riddell's Will
May 22, 1829

Maryland Attorney General Roger Brooke Taney writes interpretation of the will of A. Riddle of London. "Mr. Abercrombie is not entitled either to the legacy of £1000, nor to the share of the residence[?] bequeathed to his wife," as Taney concludes.

Location: I-SpahrB-1960-3

Subject: Land and Real Estate, Legal Affairs

Format: Legal and Government Documents

Time Period: 1820-1839

Letter from Richard Rush to Unknown Recipient
June 20, 1829

Statesman Richard Rush writes to an unspecified Colonel, requesting papers on behalf of the Treasury Department and returning works the Colonel has already sent.

Location: I-BeachW-1983-5

Subject: Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1820-1839

Letter from Richard Rush to Thomas Aspinwall
November 27, 1829

Diplomat and politician Richard Rush writes Colonel Thomas Aspinwall and requests several books on cottage architecture. Rush also describes his schedule before a trip to London.

Location: I-Friends-1976-6

Subject: Travel and Tourism

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1820-1839

Letters from James Buchanan to Isaac Wayne
January 18 ; February 19, 1830

Representative James Buchanan writes two letters to Colonel Isaac Wayne and shares political news, explains why midshipmen cannot be appointed, as well as speculates on possible candidates for the 1832 Presidential election. The politicians that Buchanan mentions include incumbent President...

Letter from Roger B. Taney to Richard Coxe
January 25, 1830

Maryland Attorney General Roger Brooke Taney writes to lawyer Richard S. Coxe, explaining that in order to appear before the Maryland legislature to defend a client in a divorce case, Coxe must defer a decision about attending the Supreme Court for the case of General Van Ness.

Location: I-BonisteelR-1954-2

Subject: Legal Affairs, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1820-1839

Letter from James Buchanan to Peter Du Ponceau
February 10, 1830

Representative James Buchanan writes to Peter Stephen Du Ponceau of Philadelphia about Du Ponceau's earlier letter, which Buchanan had delivered to Ambrose Spencer, the chairman of the Committee on Agriculture. Buchanan explains that "[Spencer] justly appreciates the services which you have...

Location: I-Friends-2006-3

Subject: Business and Industry, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1820-1839

Letter from Richard Rush to Mr. Force
June 7, 1830

Richard Rush writes to an unspecified Mr. Force requesting a few "Abroad and at Home" pamphlets. Rush also wanted to settle any outstanding debts with Force before he left Washington. Transcript included.

Location: I-Friends-1976-7

Subject: Economics and Finance, Literary Pursuits

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1820-1839

Letter from Charles Cleveland to Alexander Nisbet
September 5, 1830

Professor Charles Dexter Cleveland writes to Alexander Nisbet regarding his feelings for Nisbet's niece, Miss Alison McCoskry. " Almost at our very first meeting I found myself agitated by feelings that I never before had experienced," as Cleveland explains. Cleveland also expresses concern over...

Location: I-ClevelandR-1978-1

Subject: Health and Medicine, Personal and Family Life, Weather and Climate

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1820-1839

Letter from Roger B. Taney to Edward Lloyd (Draft)
October 25, 1830

Maryland Attorney General Roger Brooke Taney writes to attorney Edward Lloyd and discusses his office should be impartial as well as the selection of his deputies. The Attorney General's office, as Taney argues, "is too intimately connected with the administration of justice... and nothing...

Location: I-SpahrB-1941-1

Subject: Legal Affairs, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1820-1839

Letter from Thomas Hambly to James Hamilton
February 9, 1831

Thomas C. Hambly writes James Hamilton Jr. to express his opposition to a proposed railroad "running... from the River Susquehanna to [York] by any route above the Codoms creek." Transcript included.

Location: I-ValeM-1947-28

Subject: Science and Technology, Travel and Tourism

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1820-1839

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