1860-1879

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Letter from James Buchanan to Horace Greeley
May 23, 1865

Former President James Buchanan writes to Horace Greeley, editor of the New York Tribune, and declines to send “any explanation, comment or disclaimer' of the acts of my administration during the last six months of its existence." While he has already "compiled a history of it during...

Location: MC 1998.10, B4, F9

Subject: Politics and Government

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 Gettysburg."

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 Composition," and awarded those two students with...

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. Transcript included.

Location: Orations-1865-H551eX

Subject: International Affairs, Weather and Climate

Format: Speeches and Sermons

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from James Buchanan to Harrisburg Democrats
July 2, 1865

Former President James Buchanan writes to a group of Democrats who live around Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and explains his inability to attend their independence day celebration. "On this hollowed Anniversary, let us rejoice, that, through the intervention of Divine Providence, peace has once...

Location: MC 1998.10, B4, F10

Subject: Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from Benson Lossing to James Buchanan
July 19, 1865

Benson John Lossing writes Former President James Buchanan with questions about the publication status of "a History of your Administration, prepared under your own eye." Lossing is writing a history of the Civil War and would like his account to be fair to Buchanan's administration. "I am a...

Location: MC 1998.10, B1, F17

Subject: Literary Pursuits, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

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 almost call my friend..."

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 Philadelphia. "Talk about Dickinson's Campus," Hastings...

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 college is a very pretty place [and] the grounds are...

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. Transcript included.

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

Dickinson College Catalog, 1865-66
1866

The Dickinson College catalog for the 1865-1866 academic year.

Location: Dickinsoniana Periodicals

Subject: Dickinson College Academic Affairs, Dickinson College Administration, Education

Format: Books and Pamphlets

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

Letter from James Buchanan to Marvin Boves
January 19, 1866

Former President James Buchanan thanks Marvin H. Boves for support of "my much much maligned administration." Buchanan also mentions his new book, Mr. Buchanan's Administration on the Eve of the Rebellion. While "the Book has had an extensive sale," Buchanan complains that "the...

Location: MC 1998.10, B4, F11

Subject: Literary Pursuits, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

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 included.

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," and awarded those two students with gold and...

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. Transcript included.

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 at that time. Transcript included.

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 [their] party united for the Presidential election,"...

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 that he "will find a policy of insurance on the this...

Location: MC 1998.10, B4, F13

Subject: Economics and Finance, Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

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