1860-1879

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Letter from Roger B. Taney to Robert Grier
April 14, 1864

Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger Brooke Taney (Class of 1795) writes to Associate Supreme Court Justice Robert Cooper Grier (Class of 1812) and discusses Grier's health as well as his own. Transcript included.

Location: I-SpahrB-undated-44

Subject: Health and Medicine, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from James Buchanan to James Henry
April 18, 1864

Former President James Buchanan writes James Buchanan Henry and includes payment for stocks that Henry purchased on behalf of Harriet Lane. Buchanan also asks Henry "to take out my will" as "it is neceseary or rather proper that I should make...

Location: MC 1998.10, B4, F8

Subject: Economics and Finance, Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from Roger B. Taney to Samuel Nelson
May 8, 1864

Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger Brooke Taney writes to Associate Justice Samuel Nelson about various court and other legal matters. As a result of his poor health, Taney asks for details about the procedures Nelson has used for hearing appeals...

Location: I-SpahrB-1965-13

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

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from James Buchanan to T. Apolian Cheney
June 10, 1864

Former President James Buchanan writes to abolitionist T. Apolian Cheney regarding Henry Darwin Roger's Geological Survey of Pennsylvania, a book Buchanan is struggling to find a copy of.

Location: I-AsbellY-2004-14

Subject: Science and Technology

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from Robert Grier to Sarah Beck
June 15, 1864

Associate Supreme Court Justice Robert Cooper Grier writes to his daughter, Sarah Beck, about his recent travels and health. Grier also inquires about her plans for the summer. Transcript included.

Location: I-SpahrB-undated-53

Subject: Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from Simon Cameron to Abraham Lincoln
August 24, 1864

Former Secretary of War Simon Cameron writes President Abraham Lincoln and asks him to find "some place" for John D. Creigh. While "I do not know the young gentleman himself," Cameron explains that he can "vouch for the claims his family has for...

Location: I-Friends-1977-3

Subject: Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from Robert Grier to Sarah Beck
December 24, 1864

Associate Supreme Court Justice Robert Cooper Grier writes to his daughter, S. G. Beck, with news of friends in Washington.

Location: I-SpahrB-undated-53

Subject: Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from Robert Grier to Sarah Beck
December 26, 1864

Associate Supreme Court Justice Robert Cooper Grier writes to his daughter, Sarah Beck, about her safe arrival at her destination, and the finding of room and board for a Mr. Catron, who wrote to her while she was away. Transcript included.

Location: I-SpahrB-undated-53

Subject: Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from Andrew Curtin to James Bruwick
January 20, 1865

Pennsylvania Governor Andrew Gregg Curtin writes to James Bruwick[?], Esq. and recommends Mr. Bates "as a reliable, prompt and industrious man of excellent character in all respects."

Location: I-BeachW-1984-11

Subject: Business and Industry, Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from Cora White to John Read
March 11, [1865?]

Cora E. White thanks Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice John Meredith Read for an "unexpected and most generous present."

Location: I-Friends-1975-23

Subject: Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from Andrew Curtin to Samuel Crawford
June 16, 1865

Pennsylvania Governor Andrew Gregg Curtin (Class of 1837) writes to Major General Samuel Wylie Crawford about a flag ceremony at Gettysburg. As Curtin explains, he is not sure "whether we can arrange for the presentation of the flags at...

Location: I-Purchase-1968-5

Subject: Military Affairs and Conflict, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

"Our Rebellion - An Epoch in History," by Vincent Bierbower
June 26, 1865

Vincent Bierbower prepared this oration, entitled “Our Rebellion - An Epoch in History," for the Junior Prize (Pierson Prize) contest held June 26, 1865. A committee selected the top two orations, based on "the combined merits of Declamation and...

Location: Orations-1865-B588o

Subject: Politics and Government, Religion and Spirituality

Format: Speeches and Sermons

Time Period: 1860-1879

"Effect of Climate on Character," by David B. Herman
June 29, 1865

David B. Herman prepared this oration, entitled “Effect of Climate on Character," for the commencement ceremonies held June 29, 1865. Authoring an original speech was among the graduation requirements for Dickinson College seniors at that time....

Location: Orations-1865-H551eX

Subject: International Affairs, Weather and Climate

Format: Speeches and Sermons

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from Spencer Baird to Josiah Whitney
August 16, 1865

Naturalist Spencer Fullerton Baird (Class of 1843) writes to Professor Josiah Dwight Whitney, sending his regrets that he will not able to attend a meeting in Northampton the following week "on account of severe strain experienced a few days ago...

Location: I-Friends-1986-4

Subject: Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from Moncure Conway to Unknown Recipient
September 2, [1865?]

Clergyman and abolitionist Moncure Daniel Conway (Class of 1849) writes a letter of sympathy to the parent of an unnamed acquaintance recently deceased: "I had just returned from a tour in Russia to hear of the death of your son, who I might...

Location: I-AsbellY-2002-5

Subject: 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...

"Dickinson College and Its Alumni," by Anonymous
1866

A speech about the history of Dickinson College written by an anonymous author for a reunion of Dickinson alumni in 1866. Transcript included.

Location: I-Original-1866-2

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

Format: Speeches and Sermons

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from Robert Grier to Leonard Myers
January 11, 1866

Associate Supreme Court Justice Robert Cooper Grier writes to Representative Leonard Myers and asks him to send an enclosed Surgeon General's report to his son.

Location: I-BeachW-1972-2

Subject: Health and Medicine, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from Horatio Collins King to Edward Howard
May 20, 1866

Medal of Honor Recipient Horatio Collins King (Class of 1858) writes to Edward "Ned" Howard in San Francisco just before his marriage to Ned's sister, Esther. King describes his wedding attire and discusses mutual friends and colleagues. Envelope...

Location: I-HartC-1981-3

Subject: Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from John Stuart Mill to Moncure Conway
June 1, 1866

English philosopher John Stuart Mill writes Moncure D. Conway and invites him and his wife to appear as a special guest at an upcoming dinner party. Transcript included. 

Location: I-Friends-2004-5

Subject: Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

"The Wrongs of Ireland," by Newton E. Kupp
June 25, 1866

Newton Edward Kupp prepared this oration, entitled “The Wrongs of Ireland," for the Junior Prize (Pierson Prize) contest held June 25, 1866. A committee selected the top two orations, based on "the combined merits of Declamation and Composition...

Location: Orations-1866-K96w

Subject: International Affairs, Politics and Government

Format: Speeches and Sermons

Time Period: 1860-1879

"The Principle of Assimilation," by Wilberforce Wells
June 28, 1866

 Wilberforce Wells prepared this oration, entitled “The Principle of Assimilation," for the commencement ceremonies held June 28, 1866. Authoring an original speech was among the graduation requirements for Dickinson College seniors at that time...

Location: Orations-1866-W456pX

Subject: Education, Politics and Government

Format: Speeches and Sermons

Time Period: 1860-1879

"The Tendency of Governments toward Democracy," by Vincent Bierbower
June 28, 1866

Vincent Bierbower prepared this oration, entitled “The Tendency of Government towards Democracy," for the commencement ceremonies held June 28, 1866. Authoring an original speech was among the graduation requirements for Dickinson College seniors...

Location: Orations-1866-B588tX

Subject: International Affairs, Politics and Government

Format: Speeches and Sermons

Time Period: 1860-1879

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