1820-1839

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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 James Buchanan to John Maclean
November 7, 1834

James Buchanan writes to John Maclean a month before his term as a US Senator from Pennsylvania starts. Buchanan, a Democrat who had resigned as Ambassador to Russia the previous year, also discusses Samuel Porter, son of the late Michigan Governor George Porter, and the possibility of his...

Location: I-Friends-2004-4

Subject: Education, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1820-1839

Letter from Henry A. P. Muhlenberg to John M. Read
December 9, 1834

Representative Henry Augustus Philip Muhlenberg writes to John Meredith Read, an attorney in Philadelphia, about various political intrigues and comments on James Buchanan's election to the United States Senate. "I rejoice in the election of our friend Buchanan" and, as Muhlenberg explains, "he...

Location: I-SpahrB-1954-3

Subject: Politics and Government

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 James Buchanan to Henry Gilpin
January 15, 1835

US Senator James Buchanan writes to Henry D. Gilpin about his unconfirmed nomination.
While "a week ago I thought there was no doubt," Buchanan explains that "from the [temper?] manifested to day on the rejection of John S. Sullivan I fear that your nomination will not be confirmed."

Location: I-Friends-2005-5

Subject: Politics and Government

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 Thomas Cooper to Nassau William Senior
April 1, 1835

Former Dickinson College Professor Thomas Cooper writes to Nassau William Senior, offering thoughts on the religious and political issues Senior writes about in the pamphlet On National Property. Transcript included.

Location: I-Friends-2006-2

Subject: Politics and Government, Religion and Spirituality

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

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

John Wilson Family Genealogy
1835 - circa 1950

This file contains information related to John Wilson's family genealogy. Dr. Wilson (1768-1835) is a member of the Class of 1792. Besides an obituary for Wilson by a Dr. John Lilly, there are also two family descendants charts. The first chart is originally from June 1850 and the second one is...

Letter from Roger B. Taney to Unknown Recipient
November 6, 1835

Chief Justice of the United States Roger Brooke Taney writes to an unknown correspondent and introduces his friend, Mr. Mackall, who is in Washington DC "in consequence of some difficulty concerning his son at West Point."

Location: I-Original-1835-2

Subject: Military Affairs and Conflict, Personal and Family Life

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

Letters from James Buchanan to John Durbin
1835-1836

Senator James Buchanan writes three letters to Dickinson College President John Price Durbin in regard to the education and financial accounts of William Hopkins at the school. Transcripts included.

Location: MC 1998.10

Subject: Dickinson College Administration, Education

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1820-1839

Report from John Durbin to John Rhoads
February 15, 1836

Dickinson College President John P. Durbin sends Rev. John Rhodes a report on the conduct of Joseph Clubine Rhodes (Class of 1838). The report lists the number of times that Joseph has been absent from his literary exercises, prayers, and public worship. Durbin also adds a note about a bill for...

Letter from Roger B. Taney to William Read
March 8, 1836

Roger Brooke Taney (Class of 1795) sends William George Read the testimony for a case. Taney, who will deliver his speech on Thursday, notes that he will do "justice to the motives & character of" Read, Mr. Howard, and Mr. Hunt. Taney became the Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court seven...

Location: I-BeachW-1984-4

Subject: Legal Affairs

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

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