Legal Affairs

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Letter from Roger B. Taney to Levi Woodbury
October 29, 1832

Attorney General Roger Brooke Taney writes to the Secretary of the Navy [Levi Woodbury] regarding "an act to extend the pension heretofore granted to the widows of persons killed or who died in the naval service."

Location: I-SpahrB-1960-2

Subject: Economics and Finance, Legal Affairs, Military Affairs and Conflict

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1820-1839

Letter from Roger B. Taney to Unknown Recipient
November 30, 1832

United States Attorney General Roger Brooke Taney writes to an unknown recipient, possibly a colleague, and analyzing the case against Mrs. Davison regarding a bond and debt. Taney predicts the Court of Appeals will follow the ruling of "2 Har....

Location: I-SpahrB-1965-17

Subject: Economics and Finance, Health and Medicine, Legal Affairs

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1820-1839

Letter from Roger B. Taney to Unknown Recipient
March 6, 1833

United States Attorney General Roger Brooke Taney warns that "I may be detained here [at the Supreme Court] until half past 2... I will be at home the moment I can get away from the Court."

Location: I-SpahrB-1950-8

Subject: Legal Affairs

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1820-1839

Letter from Roger B. Taney to Unknown Recipient
March 31, 1833

United States Attorney General Roger Brooke Taney writes a short letter to an unspecified person: "I will attend at the State Department for the purpose of examining witnesses according to your request." Transcript included.

Location: I-AsbellY-2004-8

Subject: Legal Affairs, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1820-1839

Letter from Roger B. Taney to Unknown Recipient
April 8, 1833

United States Attorney General Roger Brooke Taney writes to an unknown recipient regarding a ruling in a recent legal case. "But there is no mode of proceeding in which their judgment can be revised" and, as Taney explains, "the Secretary of the...

Location: I-SpahrB-1955-2

Subject: Legal Affairs, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1820-1839

Legal Document, Audit of the Account between the United States and Andrew Laub
November 14, 1833

Treasury Secretary Roger Brooke Taney signs this document, which is the audit of an account between the United States and Andrew M. Laub, the late Superintendent of the South East Executive Building. Other individuals who are involved in...

Location: I-SpahrB-undated-33

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

Format: Financial Documents

Time Period: 1820-1839

Letter from Roger B. Taney to C. J. Faulkner
January 17, 1834

Treasury Secretary Roger Brooke Taney writes to C. J. Faulkner regarding the "act of Congress of July 5th, 1832." This Act, written in response to a case brought by a Virginia family, prohibits posthumous military pensions from being paid when...

Location: I-AsbellY-2004-13

Subject: Legal Affairs, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1820-1839

Letter from John Armstrong Jr. to Henry Morfit
February 18, 1834

John Armstrong, Jr. writes to an attorney, Henry Mason Morfit, regarding the difficulty of obtaining evidence of military service for veterans who served during the Revolutionary War.

Location: I-Purchase-1954-13

Subject: Legal Affairs, Military Affairs and Conflict

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1820-1839

Letter from Roger B. Taney to Benjamin Bonsall
April 26, 1834

Treasury Secretary Roger Brooke Taney writes to Benjamin S. Bonsall, Marshall for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Taney explains that Bonsall's request for $8000 to "meet the expenses of the Courts of the United States" is now under...

Location: I-AsbellY-2004-8

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

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1820-1839

Letter from Roger B. Taney to S. Williams
June 9, 1834

Treasury Secretary Roger Brooke Taney to lawyer S. Williams, authorizing him to "cause an examination of the Cutter McLane's bottom to be made, and to have any injury which her copper may have sustained repaired."

Location: I-DannJ-1973-4

Subject: Legal Affairs, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1820-1839

Letter from Roger B. Taney to William Read
March 8, 1836

Roger Brooke Taney (Class of 1795) sends William George Read the testimony for a case. Taney, who will deliver his speech on Thursday, notes that he will do "justice to the motives & character of" Read, Mr. Howard, and Mr. Hunt. Taney became...

Location: I-BeachW-1984-4

Subject: Legal Affairs

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1820-1839

Letter from Roger B. Taney to Edward Lloyd
October 25, 1836

Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger Brooke Taney writes to attorney Edward Lloyd and discusses how the Supreme Court should be impartial as well as the selection of his deputies. The Supreme Court, as Taney argues, "is too intimately connected with...

Location: I-SpahrB-1941-1

Subject: Legal Affairs, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1820-1839

Letter from John Durbin to C. Walborn
February 18, 1839

Dickinson College President John P. Durbin writes C. A. Walborn regarding the case of a Mr. Dodge. "If I can extract any information" from Mr. Dodge, Durbin explains that "I shall have to tell him that we do not consider the case closed at all."...

Location: I-SpahrB-1966-5

Subject: Legal Affairs, Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1820-1839

Letter from John Zug to Margaret Hood
December 16, 1839

John Zug (Class of 1837) writes to his girlfriend, Margaret Hood, and describes his first days of work as a lawyer. Zug explains that his colleagues are "ungodly men, not only irreligious, but most of them profane." Zug is happy, however, to have...

"Salutatory Oration: Extent of the Duty of Obedience," by George Coffey
July 9, 1840

George Alexander Coffey prepared this oration, entitled "Salutatory Oration: Extent of the Duty of Obedience," for the commencement ceremonies held July 9, 1840. Authoring an original speech was among the graduation requirements for Dickinson...

Letter from Roger B. Taney to J. Mason Campbell
January 18, 1841

Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger Brooke Taney writes J. Mason Campbell to defend a decision he made as Acting Secretary of War (June - August 1831) during President Andrew Jackson's administration. "When I acted as Secretary of War, I was [also...

Location: I-SpahrB-1965-12

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

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from Andrew Gregg Curtin to C. E. Lex
April 4, 1842

Attorney Andrew Gregg Curtin (Class of 1837) writes to an unspecified C. E. Lex, offering his opinion on a legal matter concerning liability for certain debts.

Location: I-BeachW-1982-3

Subject: Legal Affairs

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Note from Roger B. Taney to J. Mason Campbell
circa 1845

Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger Brooke Taney writes to J. Mason Campbell: "Read the note to Mr. Perine & seal it & send it to him..." Transcript included.

Location: I-BeachW-1971-4

Subject: Legal Affairs, Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from John Reed to John Brock
June 20, 1845

Professor John Reed responds to John Penn Brock's question on whether he can receive his diploma at Commencement. While Brock is "entitled to your diploma conferring the Degree of Bachelor of Laws," Reed notes that Brock must first send money. "...

Letter from John Reed to John Brock
December 1, 1845

Dickinson Professor John Reed writes to John Brock with information about a legal issue. "Judge [Samuel] Hepburn is absent at Juniata Court," but Reed is confident that "I can have the certificate in due form upon his return." Transcript...

Location: I-SpahrB-1940-1

Subject: Legal Affairs

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from Roger B. Taney to Garret Wall
December 8, 1845

Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger Brooke Taney responds to Garret Dorset Wall's recommendation of former New Jersey Governor Peter Dumont Vroom for the vacancy at the United States Supreme Court. While he may hold Governor Vroom in high regard,...

Location: I-SpahrB-1965-16

Subject: Legal Affairs, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from James Buchanan to John Davis
March 19, 1846

Secretary of State James Buchanan (Class of 1809) writes to Massachusetts Senator John Davis regarding the burglary of Mrs. Sally Blake's house in Boston. The burglar, William Baird, has fled the United States for Britain, and it is Buchanan's...

Location: I-AsbellY-2002-45

Subject: Legal Affairs, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from John Reed to John Brock
May 11, 1846

Dickinson Professor John Reed writes to John Brock and discusses legal issues related to whether women have the right to make a deed. Even though he cites various case law, Reed notes that Brock's "questions... are of a vexed sort and not readily...

Location: I-SpahrB-1940-1

Subject: Legal Affairs

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Journal of Marcus J. Parrott
August 19, 1846 - February 1851, 1857

Marcus Junius Parrott records his thoughts and activities as a college student in Ohio, then in Pennsylvania at Dickinson College (graduating in 1849), as a law student thereafter at Cambridge Law School, and a few entries from 1857 when Parrott...

Letter from Andrew Curtin to L. M. Smith
August 7, 1847

Pennsylvania Attorney Andrew Gregg Curtin (Class of 1837) warns L. M. Smith, Esq., "to be cautious not to say to Mr. Ullman that Mr. Clark would or had any designs of making any arrangement in relation to the Philips estate."  Transcript included...

Location: I-Friends-1990-4

Subject: Legal Affairs

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

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