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Letter from James Buchanan to James Henry
November 16, 1852

James Buchanan writes to his nephew and legal ward, James Buchanan Henry, regarding commencement at Princeton and Henry's plans for after graduation. "I shall certainly attend your commencement, should your position in the Class be such as I...

Location: I-Friends-2010-2

Subject: Education, Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from James Buchanan to James Henry
December 14, 1852

James Buchanan writes to his nephew and legal ward, James Buchanan Henry, regarding Henry's request for "the 'wherewithal' to return home" from Princeton College.   Buchanan, who sends $10, notes that "Miss Clemens & Mrs. [Rose O'Neal]...

Location: I-Friends-2010-2

Subject: Education, Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

"National Days," by Albert Ritchie
July 14, 1853

Albert Ritchie prepared this oration, entitled “National Days," for the commencement ceremonies held July 14, 1853. Authoring an original speech was among the graduation requirements for Dickinson College seniors at that time. Transcript included...

Location: Orations-1853-R598n

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

Format: Speeches and Sermons

Time Period: 1840-1859

"The Bastile- Sixty Four Years Ago," by James M. Shearer
July 14, 1853

James M. Shearer prepared this oration, entitled “The Bastile-Sixty Four Years Ago," for the commencement ceremonies held July 14, 1853. Authoring an original speech was among the graduation requirements for Dickinson College seniors at that time...

Location: Orations-1853-S539b

Subject: Education, Politics and Government

Format: Speeches and Sermons

Time Period: 1840-1859

Journal of Tiphen W. Allen
November 1853 - August 1854

Tiphen Walsingham Allen, from Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, records his thoughts and activities from November 1853 to August 1854 as a student at Dickinson College .

"Rev. Charles Nisbet, D. D., First President of Dickinson College," by Charles Collins
December 1853

Rev. Charles Collins, the eleventh president of Dickinson College, writes this short biography of Rev. Charles Nisbet, the first president of the College, in 1853.

Charles Collins, "Rev. Charles Nisbet, D. D., First President of Dickinson...

Location: Special Collections Periodicals

Subject: Dickinson College History, Education, Religion and Spirituality

Format: Newspapers and Magazines

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from John Gilmore to His Sister
June 2, 1855

John Gilmore, class of 1856, writes to his sister and discusses his life as a student at Dickinson College. Gilmore discusses the recent weather, his fellow students especially the women who he says "are very fine looking rather handsome,...

"Philanthropy," by Josiah F. Kennedy
July 12, 1855

Josiah F. Kennedy prepared this oration, entitled “Philanthropy" for the commencement ceremonies held July 12, 1855. Authoring an original speech was among the graduation requirements for Dickinson College seniors at that time. Transcript...

Location: Orations-1855-K35p

Subject: Education, Social Reform and Advocacy

Format: Speeches and Sermons

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from Albert Slape to James Munroe
February 4, 1856

Albert Slape writes to James Munroe with news of the dismissal of four students on the charge of tarring Professor Henry Otis Tiffany's blackboard. Slape mentions that the dismissal of the students resulted in a "rebellion of the students." Slape...

Letter from John Gilmore to "Lib"
June 1856

John Calhoun Gilmore writes to "Lib" prior to the Dickinson College Commencement exercises about his class rank in the Class of 1856. Gilmore lists the full ranking of the class of 1856 in his letter. "You will see that my standing is high - I am...

"Authority," by Marvin E. Clark
July 10, 1856

Marvin E. Clark prepared this oration, entitled “Authority" for the commencement ceremonies held July 10, 1856. Authoring an original speech was among the graduation requirements for Dickinson College seniors at that time. Transcript included....

Location: Orations-1856-C594a

Subject: Education, Social Reform and Advocacy

Format: Speeches and Sermons

Time Period: 1840-1859

"Dickinson College," by Charles Collins
August 1856

President Charles Collins writes this short history of Dickinson College in 1856.

Charles Collins, "Dickinson College," The Ladies' Repository 16 (August 1856): 449-453.

Location: Special Collections Periodicals

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

Format: Newspapers and Magazines

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from Thomas M. Griffith to His Sister
June 23, 1857

Thomas Griffith, a member of the Class of 1858, writes to his sister about his semester at Dickinson College. Griffith writes about some of his friends, health, as well as his studies. Griffith also tells his sister about his plans for the...

"The Student’s Dream," by Edwin L. Griffith
July 9, 1857

Edwin L. Griffith prepared this oration, entitled “The Student's Dream," for the commencement ceremonies held July 9, 1857. Authoring an original speech was among the graduation requirements for Dickinson College seniors at that time. Transcript...

Location: Orations-1857-G853s

Subject: Education

Format: Speeches and Sermons

Time Period: 1840-1859

"The Triumph of American Genius," by J. Howard Beckwith
July 8, 1858

J. Howard Beckwith prepared this oration, entitled “The Triumph of American Genius," for the commencement ceremonies held July 8, 1858. Authoring an original speech was among the graduation requirements for Dickinson College seniors at that time...

Location: Orations-1858-B397t

Subject: Education, Politics and Government

Format: Speeches and Sermons

Time Period: 1840-1859

Journal of Charles F. Thomas
July 9, 1859 - November 13, 1861

Charles F. Thomas' diary includes intermittent entries dating from leaving Dickinson College in July 1859 to his attendance at Garrett Bible Institute in Evanston, Illinois. In March 1860, Thomas (Class of 1860) saw Abraham Lincoln during his...

"Manifest Destiny," by Zebulon Dyer
July 14, 1859

Zebulon Dyer prepared this oration, entitled “Manifest Destiny," for the commencement ceremonies held July 14, 1859. Authoring an original speech was among the graduation requirements for Dickinson College seniors at that time. Transcript...

Location: Orations-1859-D996m

Subject: Education, Politics and Government

Format: Speeches and Sermons

Time Period: 1840-1859

"The Central Idea of History," by William L. Cannon
July 14, 1859

William L. Cannon prepared this oration, entitled “The Central Idea of History," for the commencement ceremonies held July 14, 1859. Authoring an original speech was among the graduation requirements for Dickinson College seniors at that time....

Location: Orations-1859-C226c

Subject: Education

Format: Speeches and Sermons

Time Period: 1840-1859

"The Power of Thought," by George Baylor
July 14, 1859

George Baylor prepared this oration, entitled “The Power of Thought," for the commencement ceremonies held July 14, 1859. Authoring an original speech was among the graduation requirements for Dickinson College seniors at that time. Transcript...

Location: Orations-1859-B358p

Subject: Education

Format: Speeches and Sermons

Time Period: 1840-1859

"The Duty and Dignity of Man," by George B. Creamer
July 12, 1860

George B. Creamer prepared this oration, entitled “The Duty and Dignity of Man," for the commencement ceremonies held July 12, 1860. Authoring an original speech was among the graduation requirements for Dickinson College seniors at that time....

Location: Orations-1860-C912dX

Subject: Education, Religion and Spirituality

Format: Speeches and Sermons

Time Period: 1860-1879

“Intellectual Achievement,” by John H. Grabill
July 12, 1860

John H. Grabill prepared this oration, entitled “Intellectual Achievement," for the commencement ceremonies held July 12, 1860. Authoring an original speech was among the graduation requirements for Dickinson College seniors at that time....

Location: Orations-1860-G728i

Subject: Education

Format: Speeches and Sermons

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from David Hastings to Edgar Hastings
July 11, 1861

David Hastings congratulates Edgar E. Hastings (Class of 1865) for coming out at the head of his class at Dickinson College following the final examinations. Hastings also shares news from Harrisburg as well as notes that Bob Noble had become "...

Location: I-Friends-1975-15

Subject: Education, 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...

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