1860-1879

    Entries drawn from collection & document descriptions

Letter from Roger B. Taney to E. C. Doughty
February 26, 1864

Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger Brooke Taney responds to Mr. E. C. Doughty's request for Taney's autograph. Taney also notes that his response has been delayed due to severe illness. Transcript included.

Location: I-SpahrB-undated-45

Subject: Personal and Family Life, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from Roger B. Taney to Samuel F. Miller
March 21, 1864

Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger Brooke Taney writes to Associate Supreme Court Justice Samuel Freeman Miller and thanks Miller for his photograph. Taney notes that he has enclosed his own photograph and autograph.

Location: I-SpahrB-undated-43

Subject: Personal and Family Life, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from James Buchanan to James Henry
April 2, 1864

Former President James Buchanan writes to his nephew, James Buchanan Henry, regarding Isabella Lynch, the daughter of one of his late friends. As Henry is an attorney, Buchanan asks him to look into Lynch's situation at the Convent of Visitation...

Location: I-Friends-2010-2

Subject: Personal and Family Life, Religion and Spirituality

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from Roger B. Taney to Robert Grier
April 14, 1864

Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger Brooke Taney (Class of 1795) writes to Associate Supreme Court Justice Robert Cooper Grier (Class of 1812) and discusses Grier's health as well as his own. Transcript included.

Location: I-SpahrB-undated-44

Subject: Health and Medicine, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from James Buchanan to James Henry
April 18, 1864

Former President James Buchanan writes James Buchanan Henry and includes payment for stocks that Henry purchased on behalf of Harriet Lane. Buchanan also asks Henry "to take out my will" as "it is neceseary or rather proper that I should make...

Location: MC 1998.10, B4, F8

Subject: Economics and Finance, Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from Roger B. Taney to Samuel Nelson
May 8, 1864

Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger Brooke Taney writes to Associate Justice Samuel Nelson about various court and other legal matters. As a result of his poor health, Taney asks for details about the procedures Nelson has used for hearing appeals...

Location: I-SpahrB-1965-13

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

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from James Buchanan to T. Apolian Cheney
June 10, 1864

Former President James Buchanan writes to abolitionist T. Apolian Cheney regarding Henry Darwin Roger's Geological Survey of Pennsylvania, a book Buchanan is struggling to find a copy of.

Location: I-AsbellY-2004-14

Subject: Science and Technology

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from Robert Grier to Sarah Beck
June 15, 1864

Associate Supreme Court Justice Robert Cooper Grier writes to his daughter, Sarah Beck, about his recent travels and health. Grier also inquires about her plans for the summer. Transcript included.

Location: I-SpahrB-undated-53

Subject: Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from Simon Cameron to Abraham Lincoln
August 24, 1864

Former Secretary of War Simon Cameron writes President Abraham Lincoln and asks him to find "some place" for John D. Creigh. While "I do not know the young gentleman himself," Cameron explains that he can "vouch for the claims his family has for...

Location: I-Friends-1977-3

Subject: Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Civil War Journal of Horatio Collins King
October 31, 1864 - November 15, 1865

Horatio Collins King, serving as the divisional quartermaster under General Philip Sheridan, describes cavalry activities in the Shenandoah Valley during the final months of the Civil War. In addition, King discusses the adjustments he made in...

Location: MC 1999.9, B3, F2

Subject: Military Affairs and Conflict, Personal and Family Life

Format: Diaries and Journals

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from Robert Grier to Sarah Beck
December 24, 1864

Associate Supreme Court Justice Robert Cooper Grier writes to his daughter, S. G. Beck, with news of friends in Washington.

Location: I-SpahrB-undated-53

Subject: Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from Robert Grier to Sarah Beck
December 26, 1864

Associate Supreme Court Justice Robert Cooper Grier writes to his daughter, Sarah Beck, about her safe arrival at her destination, and the finding of room and board for a Mr. Catron, who wrote to her while she was away. Transcript included.

Location: I-SpahrB-undated-53

Subject: Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from Andrew Curtin to James Bruwick
January 20, 1865

Pennsylvania Governor Andrew Gregg Curtin writes to James Bruwick[?], Esq. and recommends Mr. Bates "as a reliable, prompt and industrious man of excellent character in all respects."

Location: I-BeachW-1984-11

Subject: Business and Industry, Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from Cora White to John Read
March 11, [1865?]

Cora E. White thanks Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice John Meredith Read for an "unexpected and most generous present."

Location: I-Friends-1975-23

Subject: Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from Andrew Curtin to Samuel Crawford
June 16, 1865

Pennsylvania Governor Andrew Gregg Curtin (Class of 1837) writes to Major General Samuel Wylie Crawford about a flag ceremony at Gettysburg. As Curtin explains, he is not sure "whether we can arrange for the presentation of the flags at...

Location: I-Purchase-1968-5

Subject: Military Affairs and Conflict, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

"Our Rebellion - An Epoch in History," by Vincent Bierbower
June 26, 1865

Vincent Bierbower prepared this oration, entitled “Our Rebellion - An Epoch in History," for the Junior Prize (Pierson Prize) contest held June 26, 1865. A committee selected the top two orations, based on "the combined merits of Declamation and...

Location: Orations-1865-B588o

Subject: Politics and Government, Religion and Spirituality

Format: Speeches and Sermons

Time Period: 1860-1879

"Effect of Climate on Character," by David B. Herman
June 29, 1865

David B. Herman prepared this oration, entitled “Effect of Climate on Character," for the commencement ceremonies held June 29, 1865. Authoring an original speech was among the graduation requirements for Dickinson College seniors at that time....

Location: Orations-1865-H551eX

Subject: International Affairs, Weather and Climate

Format: Speeches and Sermons

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from Spencer Baird to Josiah Whitney
August 16, 1865

Naturalist Spencer Fullerton Baird (Class of 1843) writes to Professor Josiah Dwight Whitney, sending his regrets that he will not able to attend a meeting in Northampton the following week "on account of severe strain experienced a few days ago...

Location: I-Friends-1986-4

Subject: Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from Moncure Conway to Unknown Recipient
September 2, [1865?]

Clergyman and abolitionist Moncure Daniel Conway (Class of 1849) writes a letter of sympathy to the parent of an unnamed acquaintance recently deceased: "I had just returned from a tour in Russia to hear of the death of your son, who I might...

Location: I-AsbellY-2002-5

Subject: Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from Ned Hastings to His Sisters
September 13, 1865

Ned Hastings (Class of 1865) writes to his four sisters about his life as a student at Harvard and in Boston. Hastings also compares Harvard's campus to Dickinson's campus as well as comments on how Boston is different from New York and...

Location: I-Friends-1975-16

Subject: Education, Personal and Family Life, Travel and Tourism

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from Ned Hastings to Jane Hastings
September 13, 1865

Ned Hastings (Class of 1865) writes to Jane Hastings, his mother, describing his search for housing and receiving his "certificate as 'a member of Harvard Law School". Transcript included.

Location: I-Friends-1975-16

Subject: Education, Personal and Family Life, Travel and Tourism

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from Charles Carter to his Mother
October 10, 1865

Charles C. Carter writes to his mother about his life in Carlisle. While "Carlisle is not as big as our town," Carter explains that "it is a great deal prettier" than Decatur, Illinois. Carter also describes Dickinson College's campus. "The...

Journal of Horatio Collins King
December 26, 1865 - September 28, 1869

Horatio Collins King details his life in post-war New York City society, including his work as a lawyer, his second marriage to Esther A. Howard and honeymoon at Niagara Falls, and a trip to Nebraska aboard the new Union Pacific railroad....

Location: MC 1999.9, B3, F2

Subject: Legal Affairs, Personal and Family Life, Travel and Tourism

Format: Diaries and Journals

Time Period: 1860-1879

"Dickinson College and Its Alumni," by Anonymous
1866

A speech about the history of Dickinson College written by an anonymous author for a reunion of Dickinson alumni in 1866. Transcript included.

Location: I-Original-1866-2

Subject: Dickinson College Alumni Affairs, Dickinson College History, Education

Format: Speeches and Sermons

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from Robert Grier to Leonard Myers
January 11, 1866

Associate Supreme Court Justice Robert Cooper Grier writes to Representative Leonard Myers and asks him to send an enclosed Surgeon General's report to his son.

Location: I-BeachW-1972-2

Subject: Health and Medicine, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

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