1860-1879

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Letters from Jacob Bomberger to Eli Slifer
1853-1863

Jacob C. Bomberger writes thirteen letters to Eli Slifer, Pennsylvania State Treasurer and later Secretary of the Commonwealth during the Civil War, regarding various financial transactions, politics issues, local and federal elections, Pennsylvania bank business, and other local news....

Journal of Charles Collins
1855-1872

Charles Collins records his thoughts and activities during his latter years as president of Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, and then as the head of State Female College in Memphis, Tennessee. Collins's entries also include detailed notes for his sermons as well as copies of letters...

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...

Letters from Alexander McClure to Eli Slifer, 1860-62
1860-1862

Alexander McClure writes thirteen letters to Eli Slifer, the Secretary of the Commonwealth under Governor Andrew Gregg Curtin, in which he criticizes the management of local military troops, proposes raising regiments for the Union Army, comments on various Pennsylvania political issues, and...

Letter from Roger B. Taney to George Hughes
May 7, 1860

Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger Brooke Taney asks Representative George W. Hughes to "to call at my house some morning this week as you pop to the Capitol." Taney explains that he is still "suffering from my unlucky fall" and promises that he "will detain [Hughes] but a few minutes." Hughes is...

Location: I-SpahrB-1951-3

Subject: Personal and Family Life, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from Lily Macalester to Charles Macalester
May 11, 1860

Lily Macalester writes her father, Charles Macalester, regarding her stay at the White House with her friend, First Lady Harriet Lane. Lily describes a dinner hosted by Lord Richard Lyons, the British minister to the United States, that a number of prominent officials attended, including General...

Location: I-Friends-2000-2

Subject: Personal and Family Life, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from Lily Macalester to Charles Macalester
May 13, 1860

Lily Macalester writes to her father, Charles Macalester, about a dinner party she attends while staying at the White House with her friend First Lady Harriet Lane. Lily includes a description of her conversation with President James Buchanan and provides updates on other political issues,...

Location: I-Friends-2000-3

Subject: Personal and Family Life, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from Lily Macalester to Charles Macalester
May 25, 1860

Lily Macalester writes to her father about an "elegant" party at the White House in which the Japanese delegation attended. In addition, Lily describes the plans for a future dinner party. Transcript included.

Letter from Lily Macalester to Charles Macalester
May 26, 1860

Lily Macalester writes her father, Charles Macalester, regarding her stay at the White House with her friend, First Lady Harriet Lane. Lily describes the dinner party with Japanese delegates as a "great success." "My friend the young Prince Stkahara Jugoro, is very bright" and, as Lily explains...

Letter from Lily Macalester to Charles Macalester
May 29, 1860

Lily Macalester writes her father, Charles Macalester, regarding her stay at the White House with her friend, First Lady Harriet Lane. Lily also discusses plans for a friend's wedding and a trip to Arlington. In addition, Lily comments on recent political news. "I understand that [Abraham]...

Location: I-Friends-2000-6

Subject: Personal and Family Life, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from Lily Macalester to Mrs. Lathrop
May 30, 1860

Lily Macalester writes to her aunt about the details of a wedding she attended and the bride's gown. Macalester, who is staying at the White House while in Washington D.C., also notes how "the President was quite pleased at your message" and mentions seeing the visiting Japanese dignitaries at...

Location: I-Friends-2000-7

Subject: Personal and Family Life, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letters from Theodore Christ to Eli Slifer
1860-1861

Dr. Theodore S. Christ writes eleven letters to Eli Slifer, the Secretary of the Commonwealth under Governor Andrew Curtin, regarding the organization of volunteer companies and daily life in a Union Army infantry company during the Civil War. Dr. Christ describes the injuries of soldiers and...

Location: MC 2003.4, B2, F18-19

Subject: Health and Medicine, Military Affairs and Conflict

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from James Buchanan to Charles Macalester
July 2, 1860

President James Buchanan writes to Charles Macalester asking for advice regarding North Carolina Bonds. Buchanan also mentions that he misses Macalester's daughter, Lily, who is friends with Buchanan's niece. An envelope postmarked 1857, which was addressed to Lily Macalester, was donated along...

"Intellectual Achievement," by John H. Grabill
July 12, 1860

John H. Grabill prepared this oration, entitled “Intellectual Achievement," for the commencement ceremonies held July 12, 1860. Authoring an original speech was among the graduation requirements for Dickinson College seniors at that time. Transcript included.

Location: Orations-1860-G728i

Subject: Education

Format: Speeches and Sermons

Time Period: 1860-1879

"The Duty and Dignity of Man," by George B. Creamer
July 12, 1860

George B. Creamer prepared this oration, entitled “The Duty and Dignity of Man," for the commencement ceremonies held July 12, 1860. Authoring an original speech was among the graduation requirements for Dickinson College seniors at that time. Transcript included.

Location: Orations-1860-C912dX

Subject: Education, Religion and Spirituality

Format: Speeches and Sermons

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from James Buchanan to John T. Henry
July 17, 1860

President James Buchanan writes to John T. Henry and several other men regarding a meeting of “the National Volunteers” of New York, sectional tensions, and the Presidential Election of 1860. "May the kind Providence which has watched over our Country from the beginning restore the ancient...

Location: MC 1998.10, B4, F3

Subject: Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from James Buchanan to William Drinkard
September 7, 1860

President James Buchanan writes to William R. Drinkard, Secretary of War John B. Floyd's chief clerk, in an attempt to solve a dispute over paying US Army Captain Montgomery Meigs. Buchanan asks Drinkard to send "the Paper addressed by Capt Meigs in reply to the Attorney Generals [Jeremiah S....

Location: I-Friends-2006-1

Subject: Economics and Finance, Legal Affairs, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from Moncure Conway to Unknown Recipient
December 13, [1860?]

Clergyman and abolitionist Moncure Daniel Conway (Class of 1849) writes to an unspecified man, stating that he has accepted Laurence Hutton's invitation to an upcoming meeting and asking permission to bring his friend John Bigelow with him.

Location: I-AsbellY-2003-10

Subject: Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from William Reed to Unknown Recipient
December 19, 1860

William Bradford Reed writes an unknown recipient and discusses President James Buchanan's perspective on the secession crisis. Reed notes that President Buchanan "told me last night he though things looked better" and that "he has no doubt of the safety of the [federal] forts" located in...

Location: I-SpahrB-1957-10

Subject: Military Affairs and Conflict, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from Robert Grier to Aubrey Smith
December 29, 1860

United States Supreme Court Justice Robert Cooper Grier (Class of 1812) writes to Aubrey H. Smith regarding the secession crisis. Grier describes President James Buchanan as "wholly unequal" to dealing with the secession crisis, calls Secretary of War John B. Floyd a traitor, describes flaws of...

Location: I-SpahrB-undated-52

Subject: Military Affairs and Conflict, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from William Wright to James Buchanan
January 5, 1861

New York Supreme Court Justice William B. Wright writes to President James Buchanan and recommends John C. Perry for an appointment as a judge in one of the western organized territories. Wright's letter also includes short notes from prominent New York residents, such as Governor Edwin Denison...

Location: I-SpahrB-1952-11

Subject: Legal Affairs, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from Henry Hogeboom to James Buchanan
January 12, 1861

New York Supreme Court Judge Henry Hogeboom writes to President James Buchanan and recommends John C. Perry for an appointment as a judge in one of the western organized territories.

Location: I-SpahrB-1952-11

Subject: Legal Affairs, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from Edwin Stanton to James Buchanan (Copy)
March 10, 1861

Former Attorney General Edwin McMasters Stanton writes former President James Buchanan to discuss public affairs in Washington and comment on events that occurred during the last few months of Buchanan's administration.

Location: I-SpahrB-1959-9

Subject: Legal Affairs, Military Affairs and Conflict, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from James Buchanan to James Gordon Bennett
March 11, 1861

Former President James Buchanan writes publisher James Gordon Bennett several days after leaving the White House and asks that the New York Herald be sent to him in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Buchanan also reflects on his administration, describing it as "eminently successful in its...

Location: MC 1998.10, B4, F4

Subject: Personal and Family Life, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from Edwin Stanton to James Buchanan (Copy)
March 14, 1861

Edwin McMasters Stanton writes former President James Buchanan to discuss possible nominations to fill a vacancy on the Supreme Court and comment on resolutions in the Senate that might end the secession crisis.

Location: I-SpahrB-1959-9

Subject: Legal Affairs, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

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