1840-1859

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1843 Commencement Program
July 13, 1843

This copy of the printed program for the commencement exercises held on July 13, 1843 shows the members of the graduating class and the speeches that they were scheduled to deliver.

Location: Dickinsoniana Programs

Subject: Dickinson College Events

Format: Memorabilia and Ephemera

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from Barnabas Bates to Jesse Miller
July 27, 1843

Barnabas Bates writes to Jesse Miller and asks for a "biographical sketch" of Senator James Buchanan. If "we publish the Democrats' Almanac for 1844," Bates wants to have Buchanan's sketch "prepared." Bates also discusses preparations for the Democratic National Convention in Syracuse, New York...

Location: I-SpahrB-1954-1

Subject: Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from James Henry to James Buchanan
September 1, 1843

James Buchanan Henry writes to his uncle, US Senator James Buchanan, and describes some of his experiences at his new school. "Last evening I looked at the moon through [my teacher's] telescope and I saw the mountains quite plain" as well as "Jupiter's moons and saturns belt," as Henry explains...

Location: I-Friends-2010-4

Subject: Education, Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

October 17, 1843

Representative Alexander Ramsey writes Joseph Gales and William Seaton to ask for a subscription to their newspaper, the National Intelligencer. Ramsey graduated from Dickinson with a bachelor of laws degree in 1840.

Location: I-BeachW-2010-1

Subject: Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from Thomas McFadden to Robert Black
December 3, 1843

Thomas McFadden, a member of the Class of 1845, writes Robert Black about life at Dickinson College. McFadden "know[s] not what reasons particularly influenced my parents to chose this place except its known celebrity for every thing good, and the moral reputation which it sustains," and...

Letters from James Buchanan to John M. Read
1843-1849

James Buchanan writes to John M. Read regarding candidates for the Pennsylvania gubernatorial election of 1844 as well as how legislation on slavery is increasing sectional tensions. "At the North we are totally ignorant of the deep, pervading & determined feeling of the South on this...

Location: MC 1998.10

Subject: Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letters from James Buchanan to Henry Welsh
1843-1851

James Buchanan writes to Henry Welch regarding various political issues in Pennsylvania and Buchanan's chances of winning elections. "My own prospects never were so bright as at the present moment," as Buchanan explains in December 1850. Buchanan...

Location: MC 1998.10

Subject: Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Dickinson College Register for the Academical Year, 1844-45
1844

The Dickinson College catalog for the 1844-1845 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: 1840-1859

Letter from a Dickinson Student to Joseph T. Soule
January 5, 1844

An unidentified Dickinson College student (Jos. V. F [Meinsch?]) writes to his cousin, Joseph T. Soule, and discusses various aspects of college life. Transcript included.

Location: I-Friends-2008-1

Subject: Dickinson College Student Life, Education, Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from a Dickinson Student to Sarah A. Currier
January 5, 1844

An unidentified Dickinson College student (Jos. V. F [Meinsch?]) writes to his cousin, Sarah A. Currier, and discusses various aspects of college life. Transcript included.

Location: I-Friends-2008-1

Subject: Dickinson College Student Life, Education, Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from John Kennaday to His Family
January 5, 1844

John Robert Kennaday writes to several members of his family about life as a student at Dickinson. While "there has not been anything special going on here [in Carlisle] lately," John tells his brother, Jim, about "a Temperance meeting in the chapel last Saturday evening, at which there were a...

Letter from James Buchanan to Francis Pickens
January 18, 1844

US Senator James Buchanan writes to South Carolina politician Francis Wilkinson Pickens about political issues related to the 1844 Presidential election. Buchanan also discusses the likely candidates at the time (Martin Van Buren as Democrat and Henry Clay as Whig) as well as alludes to both...

Location: I-Friends-2003-2

Subject: Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from James Buchanan to James Reed et al.
May 11, 1844

Senator James Buchanan responds to a Democratic party Committee's request for information on Buchanan's opinion on whether the United States should annex Texas. "I should refrain from any public or extended discussion of the subject, whilst the Treaty of annexation is actually pending before the...

Location: MC 1998.10, B2, F7

Subject: International Affairs, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from William Wilkins to William Biddle
June 2, 1844

Secretary of War William Wilkins (Class of 1802) responds William Biddle's questions about bids for harbor improvements in Erie, Pennsylvania. Wilkins explains that this project is “under the care of the Topographical Bureau” and “many applications” had been submitted. As for who would win the...

Location: I-Friends-1983-22

Subject: Land and Real Estate, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

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 James Buchanan to William N. Irvine
June 29, 1844

Senator James Buchanan writes to General William N. Irvine discussing recent political events, including the Presidential election of 1844. Buchanan states that he "feared that the Whigs might make a serious impression against Polk in Pennsylvania on the Tariff question...." and that he agrees "...

Location: MC 1998.10, B2, F7

Subject: Economics and Finance, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

1844 Commencement Program
July 11, 1844

This copy of the printed program for the commencement exercises held on July 11, 1844 shows the members of the graduating class and the speeches that they were scheduled to deliver.

Location: Dickinsoniana Programs

Subject: Dickinson College Events

Format: Memorabilia and Ephemera

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from James Buchanan to Arnold Plumer
August 7, 1844

US Senator James Buchanan writes to Arnold Plumer about his Texas speech, a "Judge Cahon Nashville," and a letter that James K. Polk wrote to John K. Kane in June 1844. Buchanan also discuses the Tariff of 1842 and the Whigs in Pennsylvania.

Location: I-Friends-2005-1

Subject: Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letters from James Buchanan to Daniel Sturgeon
1844-1849

James Buchanan writes two letters to Daniel Sturgeon regarding political maters at the state and national level. The first letter focuses on whether or not Jesse Miller will be a candidate in Pennsylvania for the U.S. Senate. Buchanan does not believe he will be. Both Buchanan and Sturgeon...

Location: MC 1998.10

Subject: Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from James Buchanan to Samuel Hood
December 14, 1844

Senator James Buchanan writes a brief letter to Samuel Hood acknowledging the receipt of Hood's book, the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick. Buchanan states that the book "has a peculiar interest for [him]; as [he is] the son of a native of the Emerald Isle who emigrated to this country......

Location: MC 1998.10, B2, F8

Subject: Genealogy and Family History, Literary Pursuits, Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Belle Lettres Society Diploma - James Gordon
1845

James Biddle Gordon, a member of the Class of 1845, receives this diploma as a member of the Belles Lettres Society in 1845.

Location: Diploma Collection

Subject: Education

Format: Certificates and Diplomas

Time Period: 1840-1859

Dickinson College Register for the Academical Year, 1845-46
1845

The Dickinson College catalog for the 1845-1846 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: 1840-1859

Note from Roger B. Taney to J. Mason Campbell
circa 1845

Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger Brooke Taney writes to J. Mason Campbell: "Read the note to Mr. Perine & seal it & send it to him..." Transcript included.

Location: I-BeachW-1971-4

Subject: Legal Affairs, Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from James Buchanan to James Tallmadge
January 5, 1845

Senator James Buchanan writes to General James Tallmadge regarding the Oregon border negotiations. Transcript included.

Location: MC 1998.10, B2, F9

Subject: International Affairs, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from James Buchanan to George Guier
January 19, 1845

Senator James Buchanan writes to George Guier and explains why he cannot help Guier's son secure an appointment as a notary public in California. "The President has no power to appoint a Notary Public in California or to make any other civil appointment in that territory," as Buchanan explains....

Location: MC 1998.10, B2, F21

Subject: Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

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