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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 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 Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, April 27, 1933

        Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

        Date:  1933-04-27

        Resource type:   text

        Resource type:   letter

        Topics include boundary case; farm relief bill; Roosevelt administration; Congressional powers; Presidential powers.

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          Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, March 17, 1939

          Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

          Date:  1939-03-17

          Resource type:   text

          Resource type:   letter

          Topics include Bill for Reorganization of Agencies of the Government; Presidential power; office of the Comptroller General; Congressional power; Austin's presiding over a session of the Miltary Affairs Committee.

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            Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, March 22, 1939

            Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

            Date:  1939-03-22

            Resource type:   text

            Resource type:   letter

            Topics include Senator Wheeler (MT) amendment to the Reorganization Bill; Congressional power.

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