1840-1859

    Entries drawn from collection & document descriptions

"General Directions for Collecting and Preserving Objects of Natural History" by Spencer Baird
circa 1848

Spencer F. Baird (Class of 1840), the Assistant Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, publishes "General Directions for Collection and Preserving Objects of Natural History" in 1848. Baird, who is responsible for the Natural History Department, also includes an overview ("Special Desiderata...

Location: I-Friends-1975-18

Subject: Science and Technology

Format: Letters/Correspondence, Reports

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from Roger B. Taney to James M. Campbell
January 17, 1848

Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger Brooke Taney writes to James Mason Campbell regarding the financial troubles of a family member. As Taney's brother "had drawn on me," Taney sends Campbell "the above to pay my brother's draft on me." Taney explains his concern that his brother "had not received...

Location: I-SpahrB-1967-1

Subject: Economics and Finance, Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from David Wilmot to Reah Frazer
January 27, 1848

Representative David Wilmot, a Democrat from Pennsylvania, writes to Reah Frazer and asks for certain information that could be used to discredit Secretary of State James Buchanan politically. "Your letter shall be confidential if you desire," as Wilmot notes. Transcript included.

Location: I-Purchase-1958-26

Subject: Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Dickinson College Report for John Harding
January 29, 1848

The report for John L. Harding, a member of the Class of 1849, includes an account of his expenses, notes on his "attention to study" and absences from classes while at Dickinson College in January 1848. Harding is taking Moral Philosophy, Mental Philosophy, Natural Sciences, Ancient Languages,...

Letter from John McLean to N. Sargent
February 24, 1848

Associate Justice of the Supreme Court John McLean, who is also a Trustee at Dickinson College, writes to N. Sargent regarding the death of former President John Quincy Adams on February 23, 1848 in Washington, DC.

Location: I-Friends-1976-3

Subject: Personal and Family Life, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from James Buchanan to Asbury Dickins
March 16, 1848

Secretary of State James Buchanan writes Asbury Dickins, Secretary of the United States Senate, and requests access to several letters held by the Senate. "To enable [President James K. Polk] to answer the call of the House [of Representatives]," Buchanan asks that a Mr. Appleton be allowed "to...

Location: MC 1998.10, B2, F18

Subject: Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from Christian Humrich to Samuel Davis (Draft)
[May 1848?]

Christian Humrich writes to Samuel K. Davis regarding his experience during his freshman year at Dickinson College. Humrich mentions his Latin class and discusses the differences between Professors Otis Tiffany and George Crooks. In addition, Humrich mentions the suicide of a Major Irvine at a...

Location: I-Original-undated-15

Subject: Carlisle Indian School, Dickinson College Student Life, Education

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from Samuel Reynolds to His Mother
May 1, 1848

Samuel Henry Reynolds, a member of the Class of 1850, writes to his Mother about his health, conditions in Carlisle, and asks that his father send money for medicine. Despite "not feel[ing] very well," Reynolds notes that "I have considerable of studying to do this morning." Reynolds also admits...

Letter from Richard Rush to Mr. Corbin
June 26, 1848

Richard Rush, United States Minister to France, informs a Mr. Corbin that the continued siege of Paris means that he is unfortunately "forced to forgo the pleasure of receiving my friends at dinner tomorrow." Rush also comments on and returns the letter that Corbin forwarded to him.

"Italy under Pius IX," by John Andrew Jackson Creswell
July 13, 1848

John Andrew Jackson Creswell prepared this oration, entitled “Italy Under Pius IX," for the commencement ceremonies held July 13, 1848. Authoring an original speech was among the graduation requirements for Dickinson College seniors at that time. Transcript included.

Location: Orations-1848-C923i

Subject: Politics and Government, Religion and Spirituality

Format: Speeches and Sermons

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from Zachary Taylor to Roger Jones
July 18, 1848

General Zachary Taylor writes to Roger Jones, the Adjutant General of the Army, regarding "Indian troubles on frontiers of Texas" and suggesting that the investigation into the Texas frontier "be made under the direction of the officer assigned to that command in that quarter." Transcript...

Location: I-SpahrB-1958-17

Subject: Military Affairs and Conflict, Native Americans

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from James Buchanan to John Dickey
July 19, 1848

Secretary of State James Buchanan writes to Representative John Dickey regarding inviting the Pennsylvania Congressional Delegation over to dinner. "It is good I think that Pennsylvanians should occasionally meet in social intercourse without distinction of party," as Buchanan explains....

Location: MC 1998.10, B2, F19

Subject: Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

License to Preach for James McCauley
October 15, 1848

James Andrew McCauley, a member of the Class of 1847, receives his licence to preach in the Methodist Episcopal Church on October 15, 1848.

Location: I-Original-1848-5

Subject: Religion and Spirituality

Format: Miscellaneous

Time Period: 1840-1859

Dickinson College Report for John Harding
December 1848

John L. Harding's (Class of 1849) report from Dickinson College in December 1848 includes details about his financial account, his grades, and a message from President Jesse T. Peck. Thomas E Sudler, who serves as Harding's patron, signed the report.  This report is addressed to a Col. George M...

Letter from Roger B. Taney to J. Mason Campbell
January 11, 1849

Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Roger Brooke Taney writes to J. Mason Campbell (Class of 1827) about issues related to several financial matters. In addition, Taney also asks after his grandson.

Location: I-SpahrB-1965-10

Subject: Economics and Finance, Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from Roger B. Taney to Anne Taney
January 19, 1849

Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger Brooke Taney writes to his wife, Anne Key Taney, about his health and his daughters' unexpected visit. "I was quite surprised when the girls walked into my room," as Taney notes. However, as there is not enough room at that location, Taney explains that his...

Location: I-SpahrB-1965-5

Subject: Health and Medicine, Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letters from James Buchanan to Nahum Capen
1849-1851

James Buchanan writes three letters to Nahum Capen regarding the publication of President Thomas Jefferson's papers, the collapse of national political parties like the Whigs, the Compromise of 1850, the Senatorial election in Massachusetts, and the increase in sectional tensions. "...

Location: MC 1998.10

Subject: Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Collegian (Vol. 1, No. 1)
March 1849

The first issue of the Collegian, Dickinson College's first monthly literary publication. Includes "Nationality," "Machine for Grinding Poetry," "Love in College," "Translation of Cleanthe's Hymn to Jupiter," and "The Spartan Youth."

The Belles Lettres and Union Philosophical...

Location: Dickinsoniana Periodicals

Subject: Dickinson College Student Life, Literary Pursuits

Format: Newspapers and Magazines

Time Period: 1840-1859

Collegian (Vol. 1, No. 2)
April 1849

The second issue of the Collegian, Dickinson College's first monthly literary publication. Includes "The Tyrol," "Love and Scholarship," "Communings with the Departed," "The Song of the Wind," "War," and "Ernest Maltravers."

The Belles Lettres and Union Philosophical Societies...

Location: Dickinsoniana Periodicals

Subject: Dickinson College Student Life, Literary Pursuits

Format: Newspapers and Magazines

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from James Buchanan to Samuel L. Gouverneur
April 23, 1849

Former Secretary of State James Buchanan writes Samuel L. Gouverneur to discuss political matters and includes something for him that "may prove serviceable." Buchanan states that this item "is not directed to General Z. Taylor; because under the existing circumstances, I cannot ask a favor from...

Location: MC 1998.10, B2, F22

Subject: Legal Affairs, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Collegian (Vol. 1, No. 3)
May 1849

The third issue of the Collegian, Dickinson College's first monthly literary publication. Includes "Reflections on the Coats-of-Arms of the States," "The Indian Maiden," "Philosophy of Fashion," "Epidemic Sympathy," "Last Verses of Voltaire," "The Germans of Pennsylvania," and "A Leaf...

Location: Dickinsoniana Periodicals

Subject: Dickinson College Student Life, Literary Pursuits

Format: Newspapers and Magazines

Time Period: 1840-1859

Collegian (Vol. 1, No. 4)
June 1849

The fourth issue of the Collegian, Dickinson College's first monthly literary publication. Includes "The Power of Sacrifice," "The 'Me'," "Logan's Revenge," "True Estimate of Self," and "Extract - Prometheus Chained."

The Belles Lettres and Union Philosophical Societies created a...

Location: Dickinsoniana Periodicals

Subject: Dickinson College Student Life, Literary Pursuits

Format: Newspapers and Magazines

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from Roger B. Taney to J. Mason Campbell
June 15, 1849

Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Roger Brooke Taney writes to attorney J. Mason Campbell and discusses various financial issues as well as health concerns. As "I do not know whether I have funds in the Bank to pay the [discount?],” Taney admits to Campbell that “my negligence upon this subject...

Location: I-SpahrB-1952-8

Subject: Economics and Finance, Health and Medicine, Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from James Buchanan to James Henry
June 18, 1849

James Buchanan writes to his nephew James Buchanan Henry about the formers efforts to help the latter enroll in the sophomore class at Princeton University. Transcript included.

Location: MC 1998.10, B2, F22

Subject: Education, Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Collegian (Vol. 1, No. 5)
July 1849

The final issue of the Collegian, Dickinson College's first monthly literary publication. Includes "Gregory VII," "The Breakers," "A Thunder Storm," "The European Crisis," "The College of the Magii," "American Prejudices," "Recollections," "College Reminiscences," and "Letters from the...

Location: Dickinsoniana Periodicals

Subject: Dickinson College Student Life, Literary Pursuits, Politics and Government

Format: Newspapers and Magazines

Time Period: 1840-1859

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