Personal and Family Life

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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 James Buchanan to Garret Wall
May 2, 1839

Senator James Buchanan (Class of 1809) writes to General Garret D. Wall regarding the education of his orphaned niece Harriet R. Lane, whom he raised.

Location: I-AsbellY-2002-70

Subject: Education, 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...

Letter from Richard Rush to George Moore
September 8, 1840

Richard Rush, son of Dickinson College Founder Benjamin Rush, responds to a letter from George H. Moore. Rush explains that he cannot fulfill Moore's request for notes or autographs belonging to his father, stating: "all that I had of a nature to...

Location: I-AsbellY-2003-13

Subject: Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

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 Charles Stinson to His Father
September 15, 1841

Charles Stinson (Class of 1845) writes to his father about his trip to Carlisle and starting classes at Dickinson. After meeting with President John Durbin, Stinson notes that the "conclusion is... that I am wholly unprepared to enter" as a...

Letter from George Bethune to Isaac Waldron
April 1, 1842

Rev. George Washington Bethune asks Isaac Waldron to also "come and see me" when he visits his mother. Bethune, a member of the Class of 1823, lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Location: I-Purchase-1955-1

Subject: Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from Roger B. Taney to Henry Baldwin
August 23, 1842

Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Roger Brooke Taney writes to Henry Baldwin about the delay in payment for Baldwin's books. As Taney explains, "I have written to [the individual responsible for forwarding the money] requesting his immediate...

Location: I-SpahrB-1951-4

Subject: Economics and Finance, Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Journal of Alfred B. McCalmont
October 1842 - January 1846

Alfred Brunson McCalmont, who was a member of the Class of 1844, wrote daily entries about classes, social life at Dickinson College, and his life after graduation. Entries start in October 1842 and conclude in January 1846.

Letter from John Zug to Margaret Hood
October 14, 1842

John Zug (Class of 1837) writes to his wife, Margaret Hood, updating her on the farmhouse and the lives of their friends. Transcript included.

Location: I-Friends-2013-8

Subject: Carlisle and Cumberland County, Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from James Buchanan to Mrs. James I. Roosevelt
November 8, 1842

US Senator James Buchanan writes Mrs. James I. Roosevelt (Cornelia Van Ness Roosevelt) to express his regrets that he "could not enjoy the pleasure of meeting you on my late visit to New York." Buchanan notes that he hopes to see her "at...

Location: MC 1998.10, B2, F3

Subject: Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from James Henry to James Buchanan
September 1, 1843

James Buchanan Henry writes to his uncle, US Senator James Buchanan, and describes some of his experiences at his new school. "Last evening I looked at the moon through [my teacher's] telescope and I saw the mountains quite plain" as well as "...

Location: I-Friends-2010-4

Subject: Education, Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from Thomas McFadden to Robert Black
December 3, 1843

Thomas McFadden, a member of the Class of 1845, writes Robert Black about life at Dickinson College. McFadden "know[s] not what reasons particularly influenced my parents to chose this place except its known celebrity for every thing good, and...

Letter from a Dickinson Student to Joseph T. Soule
January 5, 1844

An unidentified Dickinson College student (Jos. V. F [Meinsch?]) writes to his cousin, Joseph T. Soule, and discusses various aspects of college life. Transcript included.

Location: I-Friends-2008-1

Subject: Dickinson College Student Life, Education, Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from a Dickinson Student to Sarah A. Currier
January 5, 1844

An unidentified Dickinson College student (Jos. V. F [Meinsch?]) writes to his cousin, Sarah A. Currier, and discusses various aspects of college life. Transcript included.

Location: I-Friends-2008-1

Subject: Dickinson College Student Life, Education, Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from Beverly Waugh to J. B. Roberts
June 17-18, 1844

Beverley Waugh writes to his cousin, J. B. Roberts, over a two day period about a variety of topics. In the first part of the letter, Waugh expresses his pleasure at hearing from him, and describes his fascination with Robertsville, saying: "...

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 Durbin to Daniel Gans, William Hall, and Charles Black
February 3, 1846

Former Dickinson College President John P. Durbin writes to a committee, which consists of Daniel Gans, William M. Hall, and Charles Black, and thanks them for "the honor" of electing him into their society. Durbin, however, notes his "regret" in...

Location: I-SpahrB-1966-4

Subject: Education, Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from William Wilkins to William Marcy
July 20, 1846

William Wilkins, Secretary of War from 1844-45, writes to his successor William Marcy. Wilkins introduces his son in law, Captain John Sanders of the Corps of Engineers. Sanders will take the southern mail route to rejoin General Zachary Taylor...

Location: I-Friends-1977-10

Subject: Military Affairs and Conflict, Personal and Family Life

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 Henry Dallam to W. Boyd Williams
October 6, 1846

Henry Dallam (Class of 1848) writes W. Boyd Wiliams and describes starting classes at Dickinson. This experience marks "the first time I have been away from home for any length of time," as Dallam notes. After discussing how his father dropped...

Letter from Richard Rush to Benjamin French
February 3, 1847

Richard Rush, United States Minister to France, asks Benjamin B. French when the Regents of the Smithsonian Institution adjourned and if French has heard about a pair of spectacles Rush lost. French is Clerk of the United States House of...

Location: I-Friends-1991-11

Subject: Personal and Family Life, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from Richard Rush to Benjamin French
February 7, 1847

Richard Rush, United States Minister to France, thanks Benjamin B. French for finding his glasses and discusses the recent meeting of the Regents of the Smithsonian Institution. French is Clerk of the United States House of Representatives and...

Location: I-Friends-1991-11

Subject: Personal and Family Life, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from James Buchanan to Nathaniel Chapman
May 8, 1847

Secretary of State James Buchanan writes to Nathaniel Chapman, a former student of Benjamin Rush, expressing his regret that he cannot attend a dinner in honor of Benjamin's son Richard Rush in Philadelphia. Partial transcript included.

Location: I-Friends-2009-1

Subject: Personal and Family Life, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

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