MC 1998.10 - Buchanan

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Letters, 1856 (Box 3, folder 23)
1808-1991

James Buchanan was a graduate of Dickinson College, Class of 1809, who went on to become the fifteenth president of the United States. The majority of this collection is comprised of correspondence between Buchanan and his business and political...

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Letters from James Buchanan to Henry Shippen
1819-1838

James Buchanan writes two letters to Henry Shippen regarding purchasing land out west, a judicial appointment in Iowa, Pennsylvania politics, the financial system, and the Deposit Law of 1836. "I have been accustomed to witness many humbugs," but...

Letters from James Buchanan to Jacob Halderman
1822-1824

Representative James Buchanan writes three letters to Jacob M. Halderman regarding the legal case against Colonel Thomas and his debt to the federal government. Transcripts included.

Location: MC 1998.10

Subject: Legal Affairs, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1820-1839

Letters from James Buchanan to John Reynolds
1827-1842

James Buchanan writes six letters to John Reynolds on a variety of different legal and political matters, including the Presidential elections of 1828 and 1844, Buchanan's experience living in Russia as the US minister, and increasing sectional...

Letters from James Buchanan to Samuel Ingham
1827-1841

James Buchanan writes to Samuel D. Ingham, Esquire, discussing a conflict between him and General Jackson which Buchanan is to address in the Lancaster Journal. He expresses concern over "the preservation of [his] own character." He claims in a...

Location: MC 1998.10

Subject: Economics and Finance, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1820-1839

Letters from James Buchanan to Thomas Elder
1827-1828

Representative James Buchanan writes Thomas Elder and discusses a number of issues in two letters, including the health of Judge Duncan, the 1829 Pennsylvania gubernatorial election, cities that a transcontinental road would pass through, a trial...

Letter from James Buchanan to Joseph Gales and William Seaton
April 16, 1828

Representative James Buchanan writes Joseph Gales and William Seaton to complain about being misquoted in a newspaper article. "I never expressed such an opinion" on imports, as Buchanan notes. Buchanan also asks them to publish a correction....

Location: MC 1998.10, B1, F8

Subject: Business and Industry, Economics and Finance, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1820-1839

Letter from James Buchanan to Unknown Recipient
February 7, 1829

Representative James Buchanan writes a letter from Washington, DC, and discusses several political issues in Pennsylvania, including the 1829 Gubernatorial election. Buchanan describes Isaac Barnard, a possible candidate for governor, as "a high...

Location: MC 1998.10, B1, F9

Subject: Politics and Government

Format: Legal and Government Documents

Time Period: 1820-1839

Letters from James Buchanan to Isaac D. Barnard
March - August 1829

Representative James Buchanan writes two letters to Senator Isaac D. Barnard to discuss political matters as well as console him for his defeat at the Harrisburg Convention. Transcripts included.

Location: MC 1998.10

Subject: Personal and Family Life, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1820-1839

Letters from James Buchanan to Isaac Wayne
January 18 ; February 19, 1830

Representative James Buchanan writes two letters to Colonel Isaac Wayne and shares political news, explains why midshipmen cannot be appointed, as well as speculates on possible candidates for the 1832 Presidential election. The politicians that...

Letter from James Buchanan to Hugh Hamilton
February 12, 1831

Representative James Buchanan writes to Hugh Hamilton and regarding Hamilton's mistake in publishing Buchanan's letters in the New York Inquirer. Even though Hamilton "transposed the order of time in which they were written and omitted...

Location: MC 1998.10, B1, F11

Subject: Literary Pursuits, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1820-1839

Letter from John Reynolds to James Buchanan
May 2, 1832

John Reynolds writes to James Buchanan, the United States Minister to Russia, regarding various business matters that he will address while Buchanan is out of the country. "I fear you have had a rough and tedious passage and suffered from sea...

Location: MC 1998.10, B4, F21

Subject: Business and Industry, Personal and Family Life, Travel and Tourism

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1820-1839

Letter from James Buchanan to James Humes
October 13, 1832

James Buchanan writes to James Humes regarding the "unpleasant circumstances attending my departure" from the United States, Pennsylvania Governor George Wolf's re-election, and increasing sectional tensions. Buchanan also describes his...

Letter from James Buchanan to J. Randolph Clay
January 9, 1833

James Buchanan, the Minister to Russia, writes J. Randolph Clay with complaints about the cost of sending mail from the United States to Russia and offers diplomatic advice. Transcript included.

Letter from James Buchanan to Nathaniel Niles
March 2, 1833

James Buchanan, the United States Minister to Russia, asks Nathaniel Niles to send "my private letters immediately by Mail." Buchanan also provides an update on the Mission of General Mouravieff to the Pasha of Egypt. Transcript included.

Location: MC 1998.10, B1, F13

Subject: International Affairs, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1820-1839

Letter from James Buchanan to Mahlon Dickerson
June 18, 1835

Senator James Buchanan writes to Mahlon Dickerson, the Secretary of the Navy, regarding the Pennsylvania gubernatorial election of 1835. The contest was between incumbent Governor Wolf, Joseph Ritner, and Henry A. P. Muhlenberg. Transcript...

Location: MC 1998.10, B1, F14

Subject: Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1820-1839

Letter from James Buchanan to Roberts Vaux
November 18, 1835

Senator James Buchanan writes to Roberts Vaux reflecting upon the election of delegates to the Democratic Committee of Correspondence in Pennsylvania for the proposed March 4 Convention. Transcript included. 

Location: MC 1998.10, B1, F14

Subject: Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1820-1839

Letters from James Buchanan to John Durbin
1835-1836

Senator James Buchanan writes three letters to Dickinson College President John Price Durbin in regard to the education and financial accounts of William Hopkins at the school. Transcripts included.

Location: MC 1998.10

Subject: Dickinson College Administration, Education

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1820-1839

Letter from James Buchanan to V. Best
March 21, 1836

Senator James Buchanan writes to V. Best and discusses whether to vote for or against "Colonel Benton’s Expunging resolution." "I have been somewhat astonished that several of my friends in Pennsylvania have advised me to disobey the Instructions...

Location: MC 1998.10, B1, F15

Subject: Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1820-1839

Letter from James Buchanan to John M. Clayton
January 11, 1837

Senator James Buchanan writes John M. Clayton for assistance in locating "some original Land Office papers" that are missing from the Committee room. Transcript included.

Location: MC 1998.10, B1, F18

Subject: Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1820-1839

Letter from James Buchanan to Levi Woodbury
January 20, 1837

Senator James Buchanan writes to Secretary of the Treasury Levi Woodbury regarding a recent resolution from the Pennsylvania House of Representatives that selected the Philadelphia Bank "as one of the Depositories of the public money." Transcript...

Location: MC 1998.10, B1, F18

Subject: Business and Industry, Economics and Finance, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1820-1839

Letter from James Buchanan to Robert Morris
March 27, 1837

Senator James Buchanan writes to Robert Morris and asks him to publish his "remarks" on the coal trade in the Philadelphia Inquirer. "I desire to let those who are interested in the Coal Trade know that I have not abandoned their...

Location: MC 1998.10, B1, F18

Subject: Business and Industry, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1820-1839

Letters from James Buchanan to Charles Jared Ingersoll
1837-1847

Representative James Buchanan writes seven letters to Representative Charles Jared Ingersoll a number of different political and legal matters, including political appointments, election campaigns, the Mexican-American War, and the Oregon Treaty...

Letter from James Buchanan to Thomas J. Randolph
February 20, 1838

Senator James Buchanan writes to Thomas J. Randolph providing details about the Sub-Treasury Bill, including the relation to a Government Bank, as well as predicting that the bill "will pass the Senate by a majority of two votes." Transcript...

Location: MC 1998.10, B1, F20

Subject: Economics and Finance, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1820-1839

Letters from James Buchanan to Joel R. Poinsett
1838-1839

Senator James Buchanan writes two letters to Secretary of War Joel R. Poinsett regarding the appointment of William S. Ramsey as a paymaster in the US Army and issues with how Ordnance Department grants contracts. Transcripts included.

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