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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 Col. Joseph Scott, April 9, 1820

Creator:  Crafts, Samuel Chandler, 1768-1853

Date:  1820-04-09

Resource type:   text

Resource type:   letter

Topics include Spanish war; Florida and slavery; Representative Henry Clay's (KY) aspirations to become President after President James Monroe; Secretary of State John Quincy Adams; Representative Joel Crawford (GA).

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    Title:   Letter to Eunice Todd Crafts, April 30, 1820

    Creator:  Crafts, Samuel Chandler, 1768-1853

    Date:  1820-04-30

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    Resource type:   letter

    Letter to wife. Topics include negotiations with Spain.

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      Title:   Letter to Eunice Todd Crafts, February 6, 1819

      Creator:  Crafts, Samuel Chandler, 1768-1853

      Date:  1819-02-06

      Resource type:   text

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      Letter to wife. Topics include duel between General Mason and Captain McCarty of Virginia over a political quarrel resulting in the death of General Mason; debate over censure of General Andrew Jackson over his engagement of the war in Florida.

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        Title:   Letter to Samuel P. Crafts, January 23, 1819

        Creator:  Crafts, Samuel Chandler, 1768-1853

        Date:  1819-01-23

        Resource type:   text

        Resource type:   letter

        Letter to son. Topics include National Intelligencer; debate over censure of General Andrew Jackson over his engagement of the war in Florida.

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