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Letters Home From Congress

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This collection features letters home from Warren R. Austin (Senator, 1931-1946), Jacob Collamer (Representative, 1843-1848; Senator, 1855-1865), and Samuel C. Crafts (Representative, 1817-1824; Senator 1842-1843). The letters document travel to and from Washington by horse, boat, train, and airplane; lodging in boarding houses, hotels, and homes; social life in Washington; significant local and national events; and legislative issues under consideration in Congress. Austin's letters are particularly strong in their coverage of his frustration at being a minority Senator during the era of Roosevelt and the New Deal; his activities on the Judiciary Committee; and foreign affairs questions such as the Neutrality Act. The letters of Crafts and Collamer both extensively cover the question of slavery, discussing Missouri statehood, John Brown, the annexation of Texas, and the Civil War. All three Congressmen frequently discuss questions regarding appropriations and the Federal budget. Biographical information is available from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, at: http://bioguide.congress.gov/biosearch/biosearch.asp

Time Period Covered: 1818-1941 

Parent Collections

Congressional Papers

Related Archival Collection(s)

Warren R. Austin Collection
Crafts Family Collection
Collamer Family Papers

Published:  September 12, 2006,  University of Vermont, Bailey/Howe Library, Special Collections

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Title:   Letter to Mary Collamer, February 10, 1845

Creator:  Collamer, Jacob, 1791-1865

Date:  1845-02-10

Resource type:   letter

Letter to daughter. Topics include Whig and Democrat members of Congress; President James Polk; annexation of Texas.

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    Title:   Letter to Mary Collamer, February 14, 1847

    Creator:  Collamer, Jacob, 1791-1865

    Date:  1847-02-14

    Resource type:   letter

    Letter to daughter. Topics include city crowded with people seeking military appointments; Senator John Calhoun (SC) and the Calhoun branch of the Democratic party; President James Polk.

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      Title:   Letter to Mary Collamer, February 4, 1844

      Creator:  Collamer, Jacob, 1791-1865

      Date:  1844-02-04

      Resource type:   letter

      Letter to daughter. Topics include abolitionism; Representative Joshua Giddings (OH); Representative John Quincy Adams (MA); Democrats and Whigs; speech making in Congress.

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        Title:   Letter to Mary N. Collamer, February 17, 1844

        Creator:  Collamer, Jacob, 1791-1865

        Date:  1844-02-17

        Resource type:   letter

        Letter to wife. Topics include party hosted by Postmaster General Charles Wickliffe; George Perkins Marsh; Democrats and Whigs; dueling.

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