1860-1879

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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Location: I-Friends-2000-7

Subject: Personal and Family Life, Politics and Government

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...

"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....

Location: Orations-1860-C912dX

Subject: Education, Religion and Spirituality

Format: Speeches and Sermons

Time Period: 1860-1879

“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....

Location: Orations-1860-G728i

Subject: Education

Format: Speeches and Sermons

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...

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...

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...

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...

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 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

Letter from W. Armstrong to James Marshall
March 21, 1861

W. Armstrong writes to Professor James William Marshall (Class of 1848) about money collected from Daniel Hesey. Armstrong also refers to the "Smiths" and explains that he has "not proceeded against them" even though he has not received anything...

Location: I-Original-1861-1

Subject: Economics and Finance, Land and Real Estate

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from Edwin Stanton to James Buchanan (Copy)
April 3, 1861

Edwin McMasters Stanton writes to James Buchanan regarding Abraham Lincoln, in particular his state of mind.  Stanton also discloses that he believes the Secretary of the Treasury made an error in not accepting a loan.

Location: I-SpahrB-1959-9

Subject: Economics and Finance, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from Andrew Curtin to Unknown Recipient
April 11, 1861

Pennsylvania Governor Andrew Gregg Curtin writes to an unknown recipient and asks if he will be in Washington, DC. Curtin, who will go to Washington on Saturday, explains that "we will pass a bill at once to prepare the State for what may occur...

Location: I-Friends-1975-27

Subject: Military Affairs and Conflict, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from Edwin Stanton to James Buchanan (Copy)
April 12, 1861

Edwin McMasters Stanton write James Buchanan regarding the start of the Civil War, stating that " in less than 30 days Davis will be in possession of Washington."

Location: I-SpahrB-1959-9

Subject: Military Affairs and Conflict, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from Edwin Stanton to James Buchanan (Copy)
May 11, 1861

Edwin McMasters Stanton writes to James Buchanan apologizing for his previous letters being delayed by the Baltimore Riot. He tells Buchanan news regarding the Civil War, federate commissions, and Lincoln's administration. 

Letter from Edwin Stanton to James Buchanan (Copy)
May 19, 1861

Edwin McMasters Stanton writes to James Buchanan regarding the Civil War. Specifically, the unsuccessful evacuation of Fort Sumter, William Henry Seward, the Secretary of State's negotiations, and the treatment of secessionists.

Location: I-SpahrB-1959-9

Subject: Military Affairs and Conflict, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from Andrew Curtin to H. C. Baird
May 23, 1861

Pennsylvania Governor Andrew Gregg Curtin writes to H. C. Baird about a complaint against the officers of the Fifth regiment. Curtin notes that he has little power or control over most of the issues since that regiment is under federal authority...

Location: I-SpahrB-undated-26

Subject: Military Affairs and Conflict

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from Edwin Stanton to James Buchanan (Copy)
June 8, 1861

Edwin McMasters Stanton writes to James Buchanan stating that Stanton and their friends were very pleased by Judge Jeremiah Sullivan Black's message that Buchanan was in good health. Stanton also shares his opinion on the Patriot cause, financial...

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