1840-1859

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Letter from James Buchanan to Lewis Cass, John B. Floyd, and Jeremiah S. Black
May 4, 1859

President James Buchanan writes to Secretary of State Lewis Cass, Secretary of War John B. Floyd, and Secretary of State Jeremiah S. Black regarding orders that they need to send to federal officials in Utah. "The State of Affairs in Utah renders it necessary that new & harmonious...

Location: MC 1998.10, B4, F2

Subject: Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from Jacob Thompson to John Leonard
May 9, 1859

United States Secretary of the Interior Jacob Thompson forwards a commission from President James Buchanan (Class of 1809) to John A. B. Leonard. The commission appoints Mr. Leonard as "Secretary to sign patents for lands."

Location: I-AsbellY-2002-63

Subject: Land and Real Estate, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from Spencer Baird to A. Haen & Company
May 29, 1859

Spencer Fullerton Baird writes to A. Haen & Company about the redrawing of some plates. Dr. John Newberry has left, and Baird has no authority in the matter but will write to Newberry.

Location: I-BeachW-1983-2

Subject: Science and Technology

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from Henry Wise to Unknown Recipient
June 13, 1859

Governor of Virginia Henry Alexander Wise comments on various national political issues and on the 1860 presidential election. Wise tells his correspondent that "I hope you will deal hardly by the Softs and expose their connection at Cincinnati in...

Location: I-SpahrB-1954-9

Subject: Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

"Posthumous Glory," by Clarence G. Jackson
July 9, 1859

Clarence G. Jackson prepared this oration, entitled “Posthumous Glory," for the Junior Prize (Grigg Prize) contest held on July 9, 1859. Transcript included. 

Location: Orations-1859-J12p

Subject: Religion and Spirituality

Format: Speeches and Sermons

Time Period: 1840-1859

"The Central Idea of History," by William L. Cannon
July 9, 1859

William L. Cannon prepared this oration, entitled “The Central Idea of History," for the Junior Prize (Grigg Prize) contest held on July 9, 1862. Transcript included.

Location: Orations-1859-C226c

Subject: Education

Format: Speeches and Sermons

Time Period: 1840-1859

"The Power of Thought," by George Baylor
July 9, 1859

George Baylor prepared this oration, entitled “The Power of Thought," for the Junior Prize (Grigg Prize) contest held on July 9, 1859. Transcript included.

Location: Orations-1859-B358p

Subject: Education

Format: Speeches and Sermons

Time Period: 1840-1859

Journal of Charles F. Thomas
July 9, 1859 - November 13, 1861

Charles F. Thomas' diary includes intermittent entries dating from leaving Dickinson College in July 1859, to attending at Garrett Bible Institute in Evanston, Illinois, and to working as a Methodist circuit rider in Pennsylvania as the Civil War begins. In March 1860, Thomas saw Abraham Lincoln...

"Manifest Destiny," by Zebulon Dyer
July 14, 1859

Zebulon Dyer prepared this oration, entitled “Manifest Destiny," for the commencement ceremonies held July 14, 1859. Authoring an original speech was among the graduation requirements for Dickinson College seniors at that time. Transcript included.

Location: Orations-1859-D996m

Subject: Education, Politics and Government

Format: Speeches and Sermons

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from James Buchanan to W. C. N. Swift
August 4, 1859

President James Buchanan writes to W.C.N. Swift and voices his opinion that the Massachusetts delegation at the 1860 Democratic National Convention in Charleston, South Carolina "should be composed of sound national men who will act in unison." Buchanan also explains that he "feel[s] a deep...

Location: I-Friends-2001-3

Subject: Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from Spencer Baird to Osmond Tiffany
October 8, 1859

Spencer Fullerton Baird (Class of 1840) writes to Osmond Tiffany, responding to the latter's request for documents about the Pacific Rail Road and the Mexican Boundary.

Location: I-Friends-1982-7

Subject: Business and Industry, International Affairs, Science and Technology

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from Andrew Curtin to John Hart
October 24, 1859

Pennsylvania politician Andrew Gregg Curtin writes to John V. Hart with updates about a financial matter .  Curtin hopes that once "Beckwith" is paid for the timber he sold to the Tyrone and Lock Haven Rail Road Company, he will have more money.  Transcript included.

Location: I-Purchase-1955-11

Subject: Business and Industry, Economics and Finance

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from James Buchanan to John Wilstach
October 27, 1859

President James Buchanan responds to John A. Wilstach's letter about domestic issues and foreign affairs. "I shall take great pleasure in reading your remarks on these important subjects at my earliest convenience," as President Buchanan explains.

Location: I-Friends-2005-4

Subject: International Affairs, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from Horatio King to Ginery Twichell
November 14, 1859

Assistant Postmaster General Horatio King writes to Ginery Twichell, president of the Boston and Worcester Railroad. King assumes that bids for new lines to Portland, ME and New Orleans, LA will be kept secret until "the whole matter is referred to Congress." Transcript included.

Location: I-Friends-1983-10

Subject: Business and Industry, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from Harriet Lane to Mr. Childs
November 19, 1859

Harriet Lane writes to a Mr. Childs from the White House in 1859 regarding changes to a publication about her uncle President James Buchanan. Besides making corrections, Lane also wants Mr. Childs to use a different portrait of President Buchanan. The portrait that Mr. Childs had selected is, as...

Location: MC 1998.10, B4, F16

Subject: Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

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