1840-1859

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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

Dickinson College Catalog, 1845-46
1845

The Dickinson College catalog for the 1845-1846 academic year.

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

"Contributions Towards a Catalogue of the Trees and Shrubs of Cumberland County," by Spencer Baird
February 1845

Spencer F. Baird, a Professor of Natural Sciences at Dickinson, publishes "Contributions Towards a Catalogue of the Trees and Shrubs of Cumberland County, PA" in the Literary Record and Journal of the Linnaean Association of Pennsylvania College (Vol. 1, No. 4) in February 1845.

Location: I-Original-1845-1

Subject: Carlisle and Cumberland County, Science and Technology

Format: Essays and Dissertations

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from James Buchanan to Caleb Cushing
April 26, 1845

Secretary of State James Buchanan writes former Representative Caleb Cushing and offers him an appointment as "the chief clerkship in the Department of State." "Your services in this position, in the present state of our foreign relations might be of much advantage to your country," as Buchanan...

Location: MC 1998.10, B2, F9

Subject: Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from James Buchanan to Charles Breuil
May 6, 1845

Secretary of State James Buchanan (Class of 1809) writes to Charles Breuil, who wishes to be relieved of his current government duties. Buchanan advises Breuil to "get a few of [his] best known friends to write strong letters to" President James K. Polk.

Location: I-AsbellY-2004-4

Subject: Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from James Buchanan to Francis W. Pickens
June 6, 184

Secretary of State James Buchanan writes to Francis W. Pickens, a member of the South Carolina Senate, regarding the new James K. Polk administration, Buchanan's adjustment to life as a cabinet appointee, and Pickens' decision to not accept the position of United States Minister to the United...

Location: MC 1998.10, B2, F10

Subject: Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from Richard Rush to Thomas Aspinwall
June 10, 1845

Richard Rush writes Colonel Thomas Aspinwall to discuss the publication of the English edition of his book, Memoirs of a Residence at the Court of London, which contains "important additions and corrections" that were missing from the Philadelphia edition. Rush does not reflect on his...

Location: I-SellersC-1973-2

Subject: Literary Pursuits

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from Richard Rush to Thomas Aspinwall
June 14, 1845

Diplomat and politician Richard Rush writes to Colonel Thomas Aspinwall, discussing the upcoming publication of Aspinwall's book in Philadelphia, the possibility of publishing a second edition in London, and the reproduction of excerpts in Philadelphia newspapers.

Location: I-Friends-1976-10

Subject: Business and Industry, Literary Pursuits

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from John Reed to John Brock
June 20, 1845

Professor John Reed responds to John Penn Brock's question on whether he can receive his diploma at Commencement. While Brock is "entitled to your diploma conferring the Degree of Bachelor of Laws," Reed notes that Brock must first send money. "Five dollars is required by the Faculty which," as...

Letter from James Buchanan to Charles Ward
July 23, 1845

Secretary of State James Buchanan writes to Charles Ward regarding Ward's appointment as the new "Consul of the U. States for the Island of Zanzibar." Transcript included.

Location: MC 1998.10, B2, F10

Subject: International Affairs, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from Benjamin Rush III to Jervis Spencer
September 22, 1845

Benjamin Rush III, grandson of Dickinson College founder Benjamin Rush, writes to attorney Jervis Spencer regarding debt of Joseph Newcomer. Transcript included.

Location: I-AsbellY-2003-2

Subject: Economics and Finance

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from James Buchanan to J. Randolph Clay
September 27, 1845

Secretary of State James Buchanan to diplomat J. Randolph Clay regarding future diplomatic appointments, the annexation of Texas, and the possibility of a war with Mexico. "I think, from present appearances we shall have no war with Mexico; but this is yet uncertain," as Buchanan explains....

"Catalogue of Birds Found in the Neighborhood of Carlisle," by Spencer Baird
October 1845

Spencer F. Baird, a Professor of Natural Sciences at Dickinson, publishes "Catalogue of Birds Found in the Neighborhood of Carlisle, Cumberland County, PA" in the Literary Record and Journal of the Linnaean Association of Pennsylvania College (Vol. 1, No. 12) in October 1845. 1845.

Location: I-Original-1845-1

Subject: Carlisle and Cumberland County, Science and Technology

Format: Essays and Dissertations

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from John Reed to John Brock
December 1, 1845

Dickinson Professor John Reed writes to John Brock with information about a legal issue. "Judge [Samuel] Hepburn is absent at Juniata Court," but Reed is confident that "I can have the certificate in due form upon his return." Transcript included.

Location: I-SpahrB-1940-1

Subject: Legal Affairs

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from Roger B. Taney to Garret Wall
December 8, 1845

Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger Brooke Taney responds to Garret Dorset Wall's recommendation of former New Jersey Governor Peter Dumont Vroom for the vacancy at the United States Supreme Court. While he may hold Governor Vroom in high regard, Taney explains that he will not interfere in the...

Location: I-SpahrB-1965-16

Subject: Legal Affairs, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from Henry Harman to Andrew Harman
January 3, 1846

Henry Martyn Harman writes to his father, Andrew Harman, about classes starting at Dickinson. After he "overtook the class in Algebra," Harman explains that he is "now in the second class in college, which is the Sophomore." Harman notes "I have a great deal of hard studying" as a result of...

Letter from John Durbin to Daniel Gans, William Hall, and Charles Black
February 3, 1846

Former Dickinson College President John P. Durbin writes to a committee, which consists of Daniel Gans, William M. Hall, and Charles Black, and thanks them for "the honor" of electing him into their society. Durbin, however, notes his "regret" in having to "decline your kind invitation to...

Location: I-SpahrB-1966-4

Subject: Education, Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from James Buchanan to Jacob Weidman
February 6, 1846

Secretary of State James Buchanan writes to Jacob B. Weidman regarding appointments of midshipmen to the United States Navy as well as Judge Woodward's confirmation. Transcript included.

Location: MC 1998.10, B2, F11

Subject: Military Affairs and Conflict, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from James Buchanan to John Davis
March 19, 1846

Secretary of State James Buchanan (Class of 1809) writes to Massachusetts Senator John Davis regarding the burglary of Mrs. Sally Blake's house in Boston. The burglar, William Baird, has fled the United States for Britain, and it is Buchanan's opinion that "the expense attending the apprehension...

Location: I-AsbellY-2002-45

Subject: Legal Affairs, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from John Reed to John Brock
May 11, 1846

Dickinson Professor John Reed writes to John Brock and discusses legal issues related to whether women have the right to make a deed. Even though he cites various case law, Reed notes that Brock's "questions... are of a vexed sort and not readily settled." Transcript included.

Location: I-SpahrB-1940-1

Subject: Legal Affairs

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

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