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The University of Vermont (UVM) is a major repository for Vermont Congressional papers, holding the records of over 30 Members of Congress from 1791 to the present. The Congressional Papers collection will provide access to digitized content from these papers. The intent is to document selected aspects of the legislative history of Vermont's members of Congress. In particular, we look at issues that were important for a particular member as well as issues that have been important over time such as support for dairy farmers, water quality, and slavery.

Time Period Covered: 1818-2004 

Sub-collections

Letters Home From Congress
Dairy and the US Congress
Congressional Portraits
Congressional Speeches

Related Archival Collection(s)

Collamer Family Papers
George D. Aiken Papers
Warren R. Austin Collection
Crafts Family Collection

Published:  October 07, 2006,  University of Vermont, Bailey/Howe Library, Special Collections

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Title:   Letter to Eunice Todd Crafts, January 22, 1821

Creator:  Crafts, Samuel Chandler, 1768-1853

Date:  1821-01-22

Resource type:   text

Resource type:   letter

Letter to wife. Topics include health of son Samuel P. Crafts; health of residents of Crafts' boarding house in Washington, DC; health of members of Congress, with four dead.

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    Title:   Letter to Eunice Todd Crafts, March 12, 1820

    Creator:  Crafts, Samuel Chandler, 1768-1853

    Date:  1820-03-12

    Resource type:   text

    Resource type:   letter

    Letter to wife. Topics include Missouri and slavery; Federal deficit and Government spending; Representative Henry W. Edwards (CT) and the Connecticut delegation; Representative Timothy Pitkin (CT); Representative Samuel B. Sherwood (CT)

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      Title:   Letter to Eunice Todd Crafts, March 26, 1820

      Creator:  Crafts, Samuel Chandler, 1768-1853

      Date:  1820-03-26

      Resource type:   text

      Resource type:   letter

      Letter to wife. Topics include mail robbery north of Baltimore; duel between Commodore Stephen Decatur and Commodore James Barron resulting in the death of Decatur; Decatur's funeral.

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        Title:   Letter to Eunice Todd Crafts, May 8, 1820

        Creator:  Crafts, Samuel Chandler, 1768-1853

        Date:  1820-05-08

        Resource type:   text

        Resource type:   letter

        Letter to wife. Topics include adjournment of Congress.

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          Title:   Letter to Eunice Todd Crafts, November 12, 1820

          Creator:  Crafts, Samuel Chandler, 1768-1853

          Date:  1820-11-12

          Resource type:   text

          Resource type:   letter

          Letter to wife. Topics include traveling to Washington; members of Congress arriving in Washington; boarding houses.

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            Title:   Letter to Eunice Todd Crafts, November 19, 1820

            Creator:  Crafts, Samuel Chandler, 1768-1853

            Date:  1820-11-19

            Resource type:   text

            Resource type:   letter

            Letter to wife. Topics include travel; boarding houses; Senator William Palmer (VT), Representative Charles Rich (VT), Judge Livermore (NH), Mr. Phelps & Mr. Stevens of Connecticut; election of Speaker of the House; constitution of Missouri & slavery.

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              Title:   Letter to Eunice Todd Crafts, November 27, 1820

              Creator:  Crafts, Samuel Chandler, 1768-1853

              Date:  1820-11-27

              Resource type:   text

              Resource type:   letter

              Letter to wife. Topics include social life; parties hosted by Secretary of War John Calhoun and Secretary of State John Quincy Adams; President James Monroe.

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                Title:   Letter to James A. Paddock, April 7, 1822

                Creator:  Crafts, Samuel Chandler, 1768-1853

                Date:  1822-04-07

                Resource type:   text

                Resource type:   letter

                Topics include newspaper coverage of Congress; length and slowness of current session.

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                  Title:   Letter to Mary Hill, July 10, 1842

                  Creator:  Crafts, Samuel Chandler, 1768-1853

                  Date:  1842-07-10

                  Resource type:   text

                  Resource type:   letter

                  Letter to daughter. Topics include attendance at Church meeting; heavy work load in the Senate, including committee work and constituent business.

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                    Title:   Letter to Matilda Corbin, July 7, 1842

                    Creator:  Crafts, Samuel Chandler, 1768-1853

                    Date:  1842-07-07

                    Resource type:   text

                    Resource type:   letter

                    Letter to sister. Topics include 4th of July festivities including processions by Juvenile Temperance Societies, Sabbath School Societies, and black Sabbath School children numbering near five hundred.

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                      Title:   Letter to Nathan and Mary Hill, April 30, 1842

                      Creator:  Crafts, Samuel Chandler, 1768-1853

                      Date:  1842-04-30

                      Resource type:   text

                      Resource type:   letter

                      Letter to daughter and son-in-law. Topics include traveling to Washington, DC from Craftsbury, Vermont; oath of office in the Senate; Senator Phelps (VT).

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                        Title:   Letter to Nathan and Mary Hill, August 1, 1842

                        Creator:  Crafts, Samuel Chandler, 1768-1853

                        Date:  1842-08-01

                        Resource type:   text

                        Resource type:   letter

                        Resource type:   image

                        Letter to daughter and son-in-law. Topics include enclosed seating chart of the Senate chamber with the seats of the members.

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                          Title:   Letter to Nathan and Mary Hill, August 14, 1842

                          Creator:  Crafts, Samuel Chandler, 1768-1853

                          Date:  1842-08-14

                          Resource type:   text

                          Resource type:   letter

                          Letter to daughter and son-in-law. Topics include veto of Tariff Bill by President Tyler; Southern and Western Whig opinions to leave Washington without a Tariff Bill leaving the Federal Government without revenue; strategy meetings of Whigs from the Senate and House; idea to give up on public lands piece of Tariff Bill; treaty between Great Britain and the United States is before the Senate, with possible Locofoco (Democrat) opposition to it; the treaty settles boundary questions from St. Croix to the Rocky Mountains.

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                            Title:   Letter to Nathan and Mary Hill, August 21, 1842

                            Creator:  Crafts, Samuel Chandler, 1768-1853

                            Date:  1842-08-21

                            Resource type:   text

                            Resource type:   letter

                            Letter to daughter and son-in-law. Topics include treaty between Great Britain and the United States finally approved by the Senate after four long days of discussion, surmounting strong opposition by a vote of 39 to 9; continued deadlock on Tariff Bill; Treasury statement to the House stating that all funds on hand had been expended and asking for authority for more Treasury Notes; impact of governmental inaction on the Tariff Bill on factories and the importation of foreign goods.

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                              Title:   Letter to Nathan and Mary Hill, August 7, 1842

                              Creator:  Crafts, Samuel Chandler, 1768-1853

                              Date:  1842-08-07

                              Resource type:   text

                              Resource type:   letter

                              Letter to daughter and son-in-law. Topics include Tariff Bill passed by Senate and sent to the President; efforts by Locofocos (Democrats) to oppose the Tariff Bill; Senate split on Tariff bill with twenty-five Whigs for, twenty Locofocos (Democrats) against, and five southern Whigs against, but Senator John Henderson (MS) was absent and Senator John Berrien (GA) did not vote; discussions about whether President Tyler will sign the bill what will happen if it is vetoed; treaty between Great Britain and the United States; Government band which plays in front of the Capitol every Thursday and at the Presidents on Saturday evenings; theatre performances; public gardens; Locofocos (Democrats) in Vermont.

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                                Title:   Letter to Nathan and Mary Hill, December 11, 1842

                                Creator:  Crafts, Samuel Chandler, 1768-1853

                                Date:  1842-12-11

                                Resource type:   text

                                Resource type:   letter

                                Letter to daughter and son-in-law. Topics include effect of severe weather on obtaining a quorum in the Senate; health of Senator Samuel Phelps (VT); church meeting preached by Dr. Nott, President of Union College, Schenectady, New York; boarding accommodations in Washington, DC.

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                                  Title:   Letter to Nathan and Mary Hill, December 11, 1842

                                  Creator:  Crafts, Samuel Chandler, 1768-1853

                                  Date:  1843-02-26

                                  Resource type:   text

                                  Resource type:   letter

                                  Letter to daughter and son-in-law. Topics include adjournment of Congressional session; Senate and House repeal of Bankruptcy Law; act for reducing pay of members of Congress and other officers of government would fix the compensation of members at seven dollars per day, and seven dollars for every twenty miles of travel, and reduce the pay, by twelve and one half percent, of all of officers of government who receive more than twelve hundred dollars a year; vote to release General Jackson's fine.

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                                    Title:   Letter to Nathan and Mary Hill, July 17, 1842

                                    Creator:  Crafts, Samuel Chandler, 1768-1853

                                    Date:  1842-07-17

                                    Resource type:   text

                                    Resource type:   letter

                                    Letter to daughter and son-in-law. Topics include President Tyler and the Tariff Bill; Tariff Bill passed, 116 to 112, by the House despite opposition from Locofocos (Democrats) and some Southern Whigs and a threatened veto; Tariff Bill now in the Senate where there are 20 Locofocos (Democrats) and 30 Whigs, but 5 southern Whigs who will cast the deciding votes on passage; Vermont State Whig Convention; Governor Paine (VT); Henry Clay's potential candidacy for President; Craft's feelings on being elected for the remained of Judge Samuel Prentiss' Senate term; rumored changes in President Tyler's cabinet; Daniel Webster, Lord Ashburton and a prospect of a settlement of disputes with Great Britain.

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                                      Title:   Letter to Nathan and Mary Hill, July 24, 1842

                                      Creator:  Crafts, Samuel Chandler, 1768-1853

                                      Date:  1842-07-24

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                                      Letter to daughter and son-in-law. Topics include Senate debate on the new Tariff Bill with a bare majority in favor; Crafts in favor of Tariff Bill as passed by the House; frauds practiced by manufacturers and importers; expected veto of Tariff Bill by President Tyler because of the continuation of the distribution of the proceeds of the public lands among the states; current state of the Treasury; Daniel Webster and Lord Ashburton's negotiation over the boundary between the United States and Canada, in particular the northeastern boundary.

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                                        Title:   Letter to Nathan and Mary Hill, July 3, 1842

                                        Creator:  Crafts, Samuel Chandler, 1768-1853

                                        Date:  1842-07-03

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                                        Letter to daughter and son-in-law. Topics include attendance at church meetings in the Representatives Hall in the Capitol and various chaplains and clergymen who preach there; regular attendance of Washington citizens, particularly blacks, at church meetings; plans to see Sabbath School scholars and black Sabbath School scholars 4th of July processions; death and funeral of Senator Samuel Southard (NJ); veto by President Tyler of Tariff Bill with provision postponing the distribution to the States of the proceeds of the sales of the public lands and return of bill to the House of Representatives with little chance of overriding the veto; Locofocos (Democrats) are against distribution and generally against protection, but despise Tyler.

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                                          Title:   Letter to Nathan and Mary Hill, July 31, 1842

                                          Creator:  Crafts, Samuel Chandler, 1768-1853

                                          Date:  1842-07-31

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                                          Letter to daughter and son-in-law. Topics include attendance at a church meeting in the Representatives Hall in the Capitol with a eulogy for Rev. Cookman, a former chaplain of Congress who was lost on the steamship President; Senate debate on the Tariff Bill and the unlikelihood that it will be altered much from the version passed in the House; expected veto of the Tariff Bill by President Tyler; Locofoco (Democrat) opposition to the Tariff Bill; treaty between United States and Great Britain.

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                                            Title:   Letter to Nathan and Mary Hill, June 11, 1842

                                            Creator:  Crafts, Samuel Chandler, 1768-1853

                                            Date:  1842-06-11

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                                            Letter to daughter and son-in-law. Topics include Tariff being considered in the House of Representatives; duties on imports; duty on foreign wool and response of wool manufacturers; distribution of the proceeds of the public lands; Apportionment Bill for Representatives to Congress debated in the Senate; fashions in Washington, DC; flowers and vegetables seen in DC.

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                                              Title:   Letter to Nathan and Mary Hill, June 18, 1842

                                              Creator:  Crafts, Samuel Chandler, 1768-1853

                                              Date:  1842-06-18

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                                              Letter to daughter and son-in-law. Topics include reports of a snow storm in Vermont; Apportionment Bill passed in the Senate; Tariff being considered in the House of Representatives; distribution of the proceeds of the public lands; description of work in the Senate; Locofocos (Democrats) and Whigs in Congress; President Tyler and Congress.

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                                                Title:   Letter to Nathan and Mary Hill, June 25, 1842

                                                Creator:  Crafts, Samuel Chandler, 1768-1853

                                                Date:  1842-06-25

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                                                Letter to daughter and son-in-law. Topics include different rules and protocols in the House of Representatives and the Senate such as the one hour rule; President Tyler and the Whigs in Congress; Apportionment Bill; Locofoco (Democrat) opposition to districting of States; Tariff being considered in the House of Representatives; duty on wool; Distribution Act; rumor of a Cabinet break-up by President Tyler.

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                                                  Title:   Letter to Pliny Corbin, July 13, 1842

                                                  Creator:  Crafts, Samuel Chandler, 1768-1853

                                                  Date:  1842-07-13

                                                  Resource type:   text

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                                                  Topics include workload of Congress and industriousness of majority members in the Senate and the House; relationship of Whigs and Locofocos (Democrats) in Congress and relationship of Congress to President Tyler; Tariff Bill and expected Presidential veto.

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