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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 Benjamin Clark, February 21, 1818

Creator:  Crafts, Samuel Chandler, 1768-1853

Date:  1818-02-21

Resource type:   text

Resource type:   letter

Topics include activities of a Congressman; constituent business; imports and export imbalance and its effect on currency and the national debt.

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    Title:   Letter to Col. Joseph Scott, March 23, 1820

    Creator:  Crafts, Samuel Chandler, 1768-1853

    Date:  1820-03-23

    Resource type:   text

    Resource type:   letter

    Topics include soldiers pensions; Federal deficit; duel between Commodore Stephen Decatur and Commodore James Barron resulting in the death of Decatur.

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      Title:   Letter to Doctor Eli Todd, January 30, 1820

      Creator:  Crafts, Samuel Chandler, 1768-1853

      Date:  1820-01-30

      Resource type:   text

      Resource type:   letter

      Letter to brother-in-law. Topics include Federal deficit; debate over Missouri.

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        Title:   Letter to Eunice Todd Crafts, December 10, 1820

        Creator:  Crafts, Samuel Chandler, 1768-1853

        Date:  1820-12-10

        Resource type:   text

        Resource type:   letter

        Letter to wife. Topics include question of Missouri's acceptance into the United States by Congress and split between Northern and Southern members; federal deficit and consideration of reduction of pay for government employees; social life; invitation to dine at President James Monroe's.

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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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