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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 Eunice Todd Crafts, January 1, 1819

    Creator:  Crafts, Samuel Chandler, 1768-1853

    Date:  1819-01-01

    Resource type:   text

    Resource type:   letter

    Letter to wife. Topics include activities of a Congressman; constituent business; death of Representative George Mumford (NC); society events hosted by the President, and the British and French ministers.

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      Title:   Letter to Mary Collamer, January 14 1844

      Creator:  Collamer, Jacob, 1791-1865

      Date:  1844-01-14

      Resource type:   letter

      Letter to wife. Topics include activities of a Congressman; constituent business at the General Post Office, the Treasury, the War or Navy Department, and the Patent Office; Congressional prayer meeting; social life.

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        Title:   Letter to Mary Collamer, January 8, 1846

        Creator:  Collamer, Jacob, 1791-1865

        Date:  1846-01-08

        Resource type:   letter

        Letter to daughter. Topics include speeches about Oregon; Representative Solomon Foot (VT); constituent business, particularly in regard to pensions.

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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 Mary N. Collamer, December 12, 1858

            Creator:  Collamer, Jacob, 1791-1865

            Date:  1858-12-12

            Resource type:   letter

            Letter to wife. Topics include constituent business; invitation to dinner from President James Buchanan; new Senate chambers; Pension Office.

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              Title:   Letter to Mary N. Collamer, May 15, 1858

              Creator:  Collamer, Jacob, 1791-1865

              Date:  1858-05-15

              Resource type:   letter

              Letter to wife. Topics include constituent business.

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                Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, March 3, 1939

                Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

                Date:  1939-03-03

                Resource type:   text

                Resource type:   letter

                Topics include citizen and colleague response to Austin's participation in the debate on foreign affairs.

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                  Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, September 30, 1939

                  Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

                  Date:  1939-09-30

                  Resource type:   text

                  Resource type:   letter

                  Topics include response to constituents regarding foreign policy.

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                    Title:   Letter to William Collamer, January 11, 1849

                    Creator:  Collamer, Jacob, 1791-1865

                    Date:  1849-01-11

                    Resource type:   letter

                    Letter to son. Topics include constituent business regarding William Billings and the East Barnard, Vermont post office.

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