Politics and Government

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Letter from James Buchanan to R. B. McAfee
March 10, 1847

Secretary of State James Buchanan writes to R. B. McAfee regarding McAfee's request to publish old diplomatic correspondence. While President James K. Polk "feels himself obliged to decline a compliance with your request," Buchanan suggests that McAfee might be able to go through Congress....

Location: MC 1998.10, B2, F15

Subject: International Affairs, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from James Buchanan to Miss Cutts
July 22, 1847

Secretary of State James Buchanan writes to Miss Cutts regarding plans for her and Harriet Lane to travel to Rockaway in New York City. Transcript included.

Location: MC 1998.10, B2, F16

Subject: Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from James Buchanan to Stephen Pleasonton
September 10, 1847

Secretary of State James Buchanan writes to Stephen Pleasonton, an auditor, and approves John Randolph Clay's expenses related to attending the marriage of the daughter of the Emperor of Russia. Clay was the Secretary of Legation for the United States in Russia. Buchanan, who served as the...

Location: MC 1998.10, B2, F16

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

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from James Buchanan to M. G. Dale
October 9, 1847

Secretary of State James Buchanan writes M. G. Dale with an update on an appointment for Mr. Holcomb in the War Department and comments on Pennsylvania politics. "Governor Shunk will be elected by a large majority should he have fair play," as Buchanan observes. Transcript included.

Location: MC 1998.10, B2, F17

Subject: Military Affairs and Conflict, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from Roger B. Taney to J. Mason Campbell
December 21, 1847

Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger Brooke Taney writes to J. Mason Campbell, an attorney, about a political and legal matter related to Maryland's constitution. While Taney brings up several questions and arguments to consider in regard to the matter, Taney also counsels Campbell to not provide...

Location: O-SpahrB-1965-2

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

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from J. Y. Mason to James Buchanan
December 24, 1847

J. Y. Mason acknowledges receiving Secretary of State James Buchanan's letter with a request for the US Navy to not enter "ports of Peru" that are closed to "foreign commerce." "Instructions have been given to the Commanding officer of the U. S. naval force in the Pacific to give the necessary...

Location: MC 1998.10, B4, F18

Subject: International Affairs, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from James Buchanan to Mr. Osna
December 27, 1847

Secretary of State James Buchanan writes to Mr. Osna regarding Peru's request that US Navy ships "abstain from entering the ports and harbors of Peru not open to foreign commerce." Mr. Osna is Peru's representative in the United States. Transcript included.

Location: MC 1998.10, B2, F17

Subject: International Affairs, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from James Buchanan to Jacob S. Yost
December 28, 1847

Secretary of State James Buchanan writes to former Representative Jacob S. Yost regarding Pennsylvania politics and Yost's visit to Washington DC. "Luzerne is, I think, one of the few counties in the State which is hostile to me," as Buchanan notes. Transcript included.

Location: MC 1998.10, B2, F17

Subject: Personal and Family Life, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from David Wilmot to Reah Frazer
January 27, 1848

Representative David Wilmot, a Democrat from Pennsylvania, writes to Reah Frazer and asks for certain information that could be used to discredit Secretary of State James Buchanan politically. "Your letter shall be confidential if you desire," as Wilmot notes. Transcript included.

Location: I-Purchase-1958-26

Subject: Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from John McLean to N. Sargent
February 24, 1848

Associate Justice of the Supreme Court John McLean, who is also a Trustee at Dickinson College, writes to N. Sargent regarding the death of former President John Quincy Adams on February 23, 1848 in Washington, DC.

Location: I-Friends-1976-3

Subject: Personal and Family Life, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from James Buchanan to Asbury Dickins
March 16, 1848

Secretary of State James Buchanan writes Asbury Dickins, Secretary of the United States Senate, and requests access to several letters held by the Senate. "To enable [President James K. Polk] to answer the call of the House [of Representatives]," Buchanan asks that a Mr. Appleton be allowed "to...

Location: MC 1998.10, B2, F18

Subject: Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from Richard Rush to Mr. Corbin
June 26, 1848

Richard Rush, United States Minister to France, informs a Mr. Corbin that the continued siege of Paris means that he is unfortunately "forced to forgo the pleasure of receiving my friends at dinner tomorrow." Rush also comments on and returns the letter that Corbin forwarded to him.

"Italy under Pius IX," by John Andrew Jackson Creswell
July 13, 1848

John Andrew Jackson Creswell prepared this oration, entitled “Italy Under Pius IX," for the commencement ceremonies held July 13, 1848. Authoring an original speech was among the graduation requirements for Dickinson College seniors at that time. Transcript included.

Location: Orations-1848-C923i

Subject: Politics and Government, Religion and Spirituality

Format: Speeches and Sermons

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from James Buchanan to John Dickey
July 19, 1848

Secretary of State James Buchanan writes to Representative John Dickey regarding inviting the Pennsylvania Congressional Delegation over to dinner. "It is good I think that Pennsylvanians should occasionally meet in social intercourse without distinction of party," as Buchanan explains....

Location: MC 1998.10, B2, F19

Subject: Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letters from James Buchanan to Nahum Capen
1849-1851

James Buchanan writes three letters to Nahum Capen regarding the publication of President Thomas Jefferson's papers, the collapse of national political parties like the Whigs, the Compromise of 1850, the Senatorial election in Massachusetts, and the increase in sectional tensions. "...

Location: MC 1998.10

Subject: Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from James Buchanan to Samuel L. Gouverneur
April 23, 1849

Former Secretary of State James Buchanan writes Samuel L. Gouverneur to discuss political matters and includes something for him that "may prove serviceable." Buchanan states that this item "is not directed to General Z. Taylor; because under the existing circumstances, I cannot ask a favor from...

Location: MC 1998.10, B2, F22

Subject: Legal Affairs, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Collegian (Vol. 1, No. 5)
July 1849

The final issue of the Collegian, Dickinson College's first monthly literary publication. Includes "Gregory VII," "The Breakers," "A Thunder Storm," "The European Crisis," "The College of the Magii," "American Prejudices," "Recollections," "College Reminiscences," and "Letters from the...

Location: Dickinsoniana Periodicals

Subject: Dickinson College Student Life, Literary Pursuits, Politics and Government

Format: Newspapers and Magazines

Time Period: 1840-1859

"The American Newspaper Press," by Henry B. Ridgaway
July 12, 1849

Hneyr B. Ridgaway prepared this oration, entitled “The American Newspaper Press," for the commencement ceremonies held July 12, 1849. Authoring an original speech was among the graduation requirements for Dickinson College seniors at that time. Transcript included.

Location: Orations-1849-R544a

Subject: Literary Pursuits, Politics and Government

Format: Speeches and Sermons

Time Period: 1840-1859

"The Angel of Assassination," by Richard G. Chaney
July 12, 1849

Richard G. Chaney prepared this oration, entitled “The Angel of Assassination," for the commencement ceremonies held July 12, 1849. Authoring an original speech was among the graduation requirements for Dickinson College seniors at that time. Transcript included.

Location: Orations-1849-C456a

Subject: Politics and Government

Format: Speeches and Sermons

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letters from James Buchanan to Charles Gonter
1849-50

James Buchanan writes two letters to Charles G. Gonter in which he discusses the condition of the Democratic party, the implications of President Zachary Taylor's death, "the succession of" President Millard Fillmore, and the 1852 Presidential election. "Who shall be selected as standard bearer...

Location: MC 1998.10

Subject: Business and Industry, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Broadside, Reward for Fugitive Slaves by Henry Culler
September 25, 1849

Henry Culler, a resident near Jefferson, Frederick County, Maryland, publishes this broadside offering a 400 dollar reward for the return of two run-away slaves; Bill Dorsey and John Ceders, on September 25, 1849.

Letter from James Buchanan to A. Boyd Hamilton
January 2, 1850

James Buchanan writes A. Boyd Hamilton to discuss the details of a loan, Buchanan's decision to sell his house in Lancaster, and to criticize articles in the Pennsylvanian. "One great fault of the Pennsylvanian is its indiscriminate praise of individuals," as Buchanan notes. Transcript...

Letters from Oliver Worden to Eli Slifer
1850-1859

Oliver Worden writes five letters to Eli Slifer in which he comments on Slifer's "very interesting and very racy" first chapter of Shades of Public Life as well as offers advice for political speeches. Worden also updates Slifer on affairs regarding the Star and Chronicle paper...

Location: MC 2003.4, B11, F11

Subject: Literary Pursuits, Politics and Government

Format: Legal and Government Documents

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from James Buchanan to Henry Carey
March 5, 1850

James Buchanan thanks Henry C. Carey for sending two pamphlets with information about "the Tariff question." While "they are written with much ability," Buchanan observes that it seems "somewhat paradoxical to contend that the road to free trade is by the way of a protective Tariff." Buchanan...

Location: MC 1998.10, B2, F24

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

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

"Bigotry," by Phil M. Leakin
July 11, 1850

Phil M. Leakin prepared this oration, entitled “Bigotry," for the commencement ceremonies held July 11, 1850. Authoring an original speech was among the graduation requirements for Dickinson College seniors at that time. Transcript included.

Location: Orations-1850-L435b

Subject: Politics and Government, Religion and Spirituality

Format: Speeches and Sermons

Time Period: 1840-1859

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