1860-1879

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Letter from Horatio Collins King to Edward Howard
May 20, 1866

Medal of Honor Recipient Horatio Collins King (Class of 1858) writes to Edward "Ned" Howard in San Francisco just before his marriage to Ned's sister, Esther. King describes his wedding attire and discusses mutual friends and colleagues. Envelope...

Location: I-HartC-1981-3

Subject: Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from John Stuart Mill to Moncure Conway
June 1, 1866

English philosopher John Stuart Mill writes Moncure D. Conway and invites him and his wife to appear as a special guest at an upcoming dinner party. Transcript included. 

Location: I-Friends-2004-5

Subject: Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

"The Wrongs of Ireland," by Newton E. Kupp
June 25, 1866

Newton Edward Kupp prepared this oration, entitled “The Wrongs of Ireland," for the Junior Prize (Pierson Prize) contest held June 25, 1866. A committee selected the top two orations, based on "the combined merits of Declamation and Composition...

Location: Orations-1866-K96w

Subject: International Affairs, Politics and Government

Format: Speeches and Sermons

Time Period: 1860-1879

"The Principle of Assimilation," by Wilberforce Wells
June 28, 1866

 Wilberforce Wells prepared this oration, entitled “The Principle of Assimilation," for the commencement ceremonies held June 28, 1866. Authoring an original speech was among the graduation requirements for Dickinson College seniors at that time...

Location: Orations-1866-W456pX

Subject: Education, Politics and Government

Format: Speeches and Sermons

Time Period: 1860-1879

"The Tendency of Governments toward Democracy," by Vincent Bierbower
June 28, 1866

Vincent Bierbower prepared this oration, entitled “The Tendency of Government towards Democracy," for the commencement ceremonies held June 28, 1866. Authoring an original speech was among the graduation requirements for Dickinson College seniors...

Location: Orations-1866-B588tX

Subject: International Affairs, Politics and Government

Format: Speeches and Sermons

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from John W. Forney to John M. Read
February 14, 1867

John W. Forney assures Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice John Meredith Read that he both values and respects his opinions. Mr. Forney then requests that Judge Read not make disputes within their political party public so that they may "keep [...

Location: I-Friends-1972-2

Subject: Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from Spencer Baird to George Lawrence
March 21, 1867

Assistant Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution Spencer F. Baird writes to George Lawrence regarding an order for 4 dog blankets. Baird provides specific instructions, such as including "a G... in the middle of each" blanket.

Location: I-SpahrB-1966-15

Subject: Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from Spencer Baird to H. Foster
June 2, 1867

Spencer Fullerton Baird writes to an unspecified H. Foster about stamp collecting.

Location: I-BeachW-1977-3

Subject: Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from James Buchanan to James Henry
June 19, 1867

Former President James Buchanan writes his nephew James Buchanan Henry and asks him to bring several financial documents when he visits Wheatland, Pennsylvania. Besides "my certificate of Virginia Loan for $11,000," Buchanan tells James Henry...

Location: MC 1998.10, B4, F13

Subject: Economics and Finance, Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Invitation from Andrew Johnson to Robert Grier
February 24, 1868

President Andrew Johnson and First Lady Eliza McCardle Johnson send Associate Supreme Court Justice Robert Cooper Grier (Class of 1812) an invitation for dinner on Friday next.

Location: I-SpahrB-undated-22

Subject: Personal and Family Life, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from Mary Thomson to John Read
April 14, 1868

Mary F. Thomson writes to Judge John M. Read, asking him to visit her at home in Philadelphia.

Location: I-Friends-1975-21

Subject: Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from Mary Thomson to John Read
April 18, 1868

Mary F. Thomson writes to Judge John M. Read, asking him to deliver a note to the Sixth National Bank of Philadelphia.

Location: I-Friends-1975-21

Subject: Business and Industry

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from Mary Thomson to John Read
April 27, 1868

Mary F. Thomson writes to Judge John M. Read, appending a note about a business error.

Location: I-Friends-1975-21

Subject: Business and Industry, Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from Mary Thomson to John Read
April 27, 1868

Mary F. Thomson writes to Judge John M. Read, updating him on business and financial matters.

Location: I-Friends-1975-21

Subject: Business and Industry, Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from Carrie Thomson to John Mead
June 27, 1868

Carrie M. Thomson writes to Judge John Meredith Read about her family.

Location: I-Friends-1975-20

Subject: Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from John W. Forney to John M. Read
November 11, 1868

John Wien Forney writes to Judge John M. Read to address his concerns about certain newspaper articles. Forney notes that "both Genl [Ulysses] Grant and Mr. [Schuyler] Colfax entirely approve the articles to which you so strongly object." Forney...

Location: I-Friends-1972-2

Subject: Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from Carrie Thomson to John Mead
November 12, 1868

Carrie M. Thomson writes to Judge John Meredith Read, stating that she is happy he traveled safely during a recent trip and that her family is well.

Location: I-Friends-1975-20

Subject: Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from Spencer Baird to George Lawrence
December 10, 1868

Assistant Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution Spencer Baird writes to George Lawrence regarding a description of a bird. As Lawrence's description "does not seem to differ much from [Thomas C.] Eyton," Baird recommends that Lawrence "send it...

Location: I-SpahrB-1966-14

Subject: Science and Technology

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

"Total Eclipse of the Sun," by Charles F. Himes
1869

Natural Science Professor Charles F. Himes (Class of 1855) describes his experience in photographing the solar eclipse in Ottumwa, Iowa on August 7, 1869 . "Never before had such an event promised so much of a revelation," Dr. Himes explains.

Location: MC 2014.1, B25, F20

Subject: Science and Technology

Format: Books and Pamphlets

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from Samuel Clemens to Horatio Collins King and John Howard
March 13, 1869

Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known as Mark Twain, writes to Horatio Collins King and John R. Howard, regretting that he will be unable to lecture for them as he "must make ready from a short visit to California." Envelope included.

Location: I-HartM-1980-1

Subject: Literary Pursuits, Travel and Tourism

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

"Fashion," by Henry P. Cannon
June 21, 1869

Henry P. Cannon prepared this oration, entitled “Fashion," for the Junior Prize contest held in Rheem's Hall on July 9, 1859. Transcript included.

Location: Orations-1870-C226fX

Subject: Literary Pursuits

Format: Speeches and Sermons

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from Carrie Thomson to John Mead
July 16, 1869

Carrie M. Thomson writes to Judge John Meredith Read, updating him on the health of her mother, who is recovering from a cough.

Location: I-Friends-1975-20

Subject: Health and Medicine, Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

"Solar Eclipse of August 7, 1869," by Charles F. Himes
1869

Natural Science Professor Charles F. Himes (Class of 1855) describes his experience in photographing the solar eclipse in Ottumwa, Iowa on August 7, 1869 . "Favored as we were with a sky free from cloud or haze, and a beautiful point of view,...

Location: MC 2000.1, B25, F19

Subject: Science and Technology

Format: Books and Pamphlets

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from Charles Himes to Unknown Recipient
August 16, 1869

Professor of Natural Science Charles Francis Himes writes a letter of recommendation for Wilbur Fisk Horn, Class of 1869.

Location: I-ClarkeW-1962-1

Subject: Dickinson College Alumni Affairs, Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from Salmon Chase to Robert Grier
September 30, 1869

Salmon Portland Chase, Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court, writes to Associate Justice Robert Cooper Grier (Class of 1812). Chase discusses a recent visit to Philadelphia and says he is glad to hear Grier's health has improved....

Location: I-SpahrB-undated-6

Subject: Legal Affairs, Personal and Family Life, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

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