International Affairs

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Letter from Charles Nisbet to Jonathan Ingham
January 14, 1793

Dickinson College President Charles Nisbet writes to Dr. Jonathan Ingham of Bucks County, Pennsylvania with reflections on education, politics, international affairs, as well as other contemporary American issues. Transcript included.

Letter from Joseph Priestley to Theophilus Lindsey
August 15, 1794

Theologian and scholar Joseph Priestley writes to his friend Theophilus Lindsey. Priestley discusses his recent move to Northumberland, Pennsylvania, trouble with the mail, the local climate, the prospect for building, his work, the French...

Letter from Charles Nisbet to Ashbel Green
October 14, 1794

Charles Nisbet writes Ashbel Green to acknowledge Green's letter from September 12th and to justify questions about Green's intent in giving Nisbet's private letters to his political opponents. Nisbet also discusses the Whiskey Rebellion and...

Letter from Joseph Priestley to George Thatcher
May 10, 1798

Joseph Priestley writes to George Thatcher regarding news from England, where Priestley expects revolution: "The unanimity you speak of in this country does not exist in this neighborhood. The Gentry, indeed, are generally with you, but the lower...

Letter from Charles Nisbet to Mary Nisbet
September 24, 1798

Charles Nisbet writes to his daughter Mary, discussing the theater in Carlisle, the Democrats, and the French.

Letter from Charles Nisbet to William Young
August 21, 1800

Charles Nisbet writes bookseller William Young to discuss various political and religious events in France, Ireland, and the United States. Nisbet mentions Napoleon Bonaparte, Thomas Jefferson, Mathew Carey, James Napper Tandy, Joseph Priestley,...

Letter from William Wilkins to William Tilghman
October 4, 1814

William Wilkins writes William Tilghman and discusses the latest news about the War of 1812. While "no new of much importance" has been received, Wilkins mentions Native American "depredations" in Detroit and comments on British General Gordon...

Location: I-SpahrB-1950-10

Subject: International Affairs, Military Affairs and Conflict

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1800-1819

Letter from John Leamy to James Hamilton
December 19, 1815

John A. Leamy writes James Hamilton Jr. and expresses his hopes to visit Carlisle again. In addition, Leamy informs Hamilton of Napoleon Bonaparte's downfall as the ruler of France.

Location: I-Original-1815-1

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

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1800-1819

Letter from Richard Rush to Jonathan Russell
August 14, 1817

Acting Secretary of State Richard Rush writes to Jonathan Russell, the United States minister to Sweden and Norway, regarding "the claims of several citizens of the U. States on the Swedish government, the particulars of which will be explained...

Location: I-Purchase-1971-9

Subject: International Affairs, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1800-1819

Letter from John Quincy Adams to Richard Sharp
October 20, 1817

Secretary of State John Quincy Adams introduces the newly appointed Minister to Great Britain, Richard Rush, to Richard Sharp, an attorney in London. Transcript included.

Location: I-MoyermanS-1966-1

Subject: International Affairs, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1800-1819

Letter from John Quincy Adams to Ebenezer Huntington
June 27, 1819

Secretary of State John Quincy Adams writes to Ebenezer Huntington, an attorney, to inform him that the USS John Adams has been sent to Havana with "purpose of procuring the Release of such Citizens of the United States, including...

Location: I-SpahrB-1958-1

Subject: International Affairs, Legal Affairs, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1800-1819

Letter from Richard Rush to Michael Hogan
December 20, 1821

Richard Rush writes to Michael Hogan, confirming that he received Hogan's letter and passed on its contents to the Secretary of State. Hogan's letter regards the Peruvian War of Independence, and Rush states that "the fall of Lima had been known...

Location: I-AsbellY-2003-5

Subject: International Affairs, Military Affairs and Conflict

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1820-1839

Letter from Roger B. Taney to Samuel Smith
February 7, 1786 [1826]

Attorney Roger Brooke Taney writes to Senator Samuel Smith and discuses his view of the legal rights of the Creek and Cherokee tribes in Georgia with regard to treaties made with the federal government. Taney also discusses the Act of 1793 in...

Letter from Roger B. Taney to Collectors of Customs
December 16, 1833

Treasury Secretary Roger Brooke Taney sends this Circular letter to the Collectors of Customs and announces the opening of additional British ports (Cape Town, Simon's Town, and Port Elizabeth) to American trade. Taney mentions that this news had...

Location: I-SpahrB-undated-38

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

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1820-1839

Letter from William Wilkins to "Pet" Wilkins
December 29, 1834

Minister to Russia William Wilkins writes to his daughter, whom he calls "Pet."  Wilkins says that he received her letter and describes packages he sent with Mr. Livingstone. He also says that Mr. Biddle is his best friend, and explains that if...

Location: I-Friends-1982-13

Subject: International Affairs, Personal and Family Life, Travel and Tourism

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1820-1839

Letter from Roger B. Taney to J. Meredith
April 26, 1836

Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger B. Taney writes to J. Meredith and accepts an invitation to a dinner given in honor of the British Minister. A note on the reverse side states that Taney ultimately did not attend.

Location: I-SpahrB-undated-46

Subject: International Affairs, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1820-1839

"Venice," by Amos Slaymaker
July 19, 1838

Amos Slaymaker prepared this oration, entitled "Venice," for the commencement ceremonies held July 19, 1838. Authoring an original speech was among the graduation requirements for Dickinson College seniors at that time. Transcript included.

Location: Orations-1838-S631v

Subject: International Affairs, Travel and Tourism

Format: Speeches and Sermons

Time Period: 1820-1839

"The Congress of Panama," by James G. Hamilton
July 11, 1839

James G. Hamilton prepared this oration, entitled “The Congress of Panama," for the commencement ceremonies held July 11, 1839. Authoring an original speech was among the graduation requirements for Dickinson College seniors at that time....

Location: Orations-1839-H218c

Subject: International Affairs, Politics and Government

Format: Speeches and Sermons

Time Period: 1820-1839

Letter from Roger B. Taney to David Hoffman
March 1, 1841

Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger Brooke Taney writes to David Hoffman and explains why he must "decline taking any part in matters" relating "to the mission to Austria." While Taney would prefer to meet with Hoffman to discuss this issue, he...

Location: I-SpahrB-1965-3

Subject: International Affairs, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Report of Henry Clay’s speech on the Webster-Ashburton Treaty by Unknown Author
1842

This report by an unknown author discusses and provides a summary of the key points in Senator Henry Clay's speech on the Webster-Ashburton Treaty. This report notes how "[Clay] believed in the sincerity of the professions of the British Govt"...

Location: I-SpahrB-1950-2

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

Format: Reports

Time Period: 1840-1859

"British Empire in the East," by Isaac Dillon
July 13, 1843

I. Dillon prepared this oration, entitled “British Empire in the East," for the commencement ceremonies held July 13, 1843. Authoring an original speech was among the graduation requirements for Dickinson College seniors at that time. Transcript...

Location: Orations-1843-D579b

Subject: International Affairs, Politics and Government

Format: Speeches and Sermons

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...

"Napoleon," by Noah Bowlus
July 13, 1854

Noah Bowlus prepared this oration, entitled "Napoleon," for the commencement ceremonies held July 13, 1854. Authoring an original speech was among the graduation requirements for Dickinson College seniors at that time. Transcript included.

Location: Orations-1854-B787n

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

Format: Speeches and Sermons

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from James Buchanan to Sir William Molesworth
July 27, 1854

US Minister to the United Kingdom James Buchanan thanks Sir William Molesworth for his speech on "Naval Prizes." While "the agreement is unanswerable," Buchanan tells Molesworth that he "presented more historical information on the subject, in a...

Location: I-Friends-2002-1

Subject: International Affairs, Military Affairs and Conflict

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from James M. McKim to Mr. Worrell
January 20, 1855

James M. McKim, a member of the Class of 1828 and an editor at the Philadelphia based The Anti-Slavery Standard, writes to a subscriber, Mr. Worrell. McKim mentions the major slavery related event of the day as well as the Anglo-French...

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