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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 2, 1845

Creator:  Collamer, Jacob, 1791-1865

Date:  1845-02-02

Resource type:   letter

Letter to daughter. Topics include speech by Collamer on Texas; case of Collamer's before the Supreme Court; health of Representative Willis Green (KY); annexation of Texas; tariff.

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    Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, April 22, 1937

    Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

    Date:  1937-04-22

    Resource type:   text

    Resource type:   letter

    Topics include Court Bill, President Roosevelt, and potential votes against the bill in the Senate.

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      Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, April 23, 1937

      Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

      Date:  1937-04-23

      Resource type:   text

      Resource type:   letter

      Topics include Court Bill hearings in the Judiciary Committee, and includes an excerpt.

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        Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, April 25, 1938

        Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

        Date:  1938-04-25

        Resource type:   text

        Resource type:   letter

        Topics include message from President Roosevelt about Supreme Court judgment exempting State and Municipal bonds from tax action.

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          Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, April 29, 1937

          Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

          Date:  1937-04-29

          Resource type:   text

          Resource type:   letter

          Topics include debate on the Conference Report on the Neutrality Bill; Senator McNarry and Austin's duties as Assistant Minority Leader; Court Bill in the Judiciary Committee.

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            Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, April 5, 1937

            Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

            Date:  1937-04-05

            Resource type:   text

            Resource type:   letter

            Topics include sit-down strikes; Court Bill hearings in the Judiciary Committee.

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              Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, February 19, 1935

              Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

              Date:  1935-02-19

              Resource type:   text

              Resource type:   letter

              Topics include Gold Decision of the Supreme Court; lengthy commentary, with quotations from Court decisions, regarding a shift in favor of the Government and against citizen's property and rights.

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                Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, February 28, 1935

                Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

                Date:  1935-02-28

                Resource type:   text

                Resource type:   letter

                Topics include breakfast with Justice McReynolds and Princess Julia Grant Kantakuzen, granddaughter of General Ulysses S. Grant; Gold Decision.

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                  Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, February 1, 1940

                  Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

                  Date:  1940-02-01

                  Resource type:   text

                  Resource type:   letter

                  Topics include address by Austin on the 150th anniversary of the Supreme Court's first meeting.

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                    Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, February 10, 1936

                    Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

                    Date:  1936-02-10

                    Resource type:   text

                    Resource type:   letter

                    Topics include radio broadcasts of two Austin speeches: "The Supreme Court and Government by the People," and "Lincoln and Home Rule". Includes transcripts of speeches.

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                      Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, February 8, 1937

                      Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

                      Date:  1937-02-08

                      Resource type:   text

                      Resource type:   letter

                      Topics include President Roosevelt and the Supreme Court.

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                        Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, January 28, 1936

                        Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

                        Date:  1936-01-28

                        Resource type:   text

                        Resource type:   letter

                        Topics include radio broadcast of an Austin speech on "The Supreme Court and Government by the People," one of twelve speeches given by twelve senators (six Democrats and six Republicans).

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                          Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, July 16, 1937

                          Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

                          Date:  1937-07-16

                          Resource type:   text

                          Resource type:   letter

                          Topics include death and funeral of Senator Robinson; President Roosevelt and the Court Packing Bill.

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                            Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, July 22, 1937

                            Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

                            Date:  1937-07-22

                            Resource type:   text

                            Resource type:   letter

                            Topics include overriding of a Presidential veto, 71 to 19; recommitting of the Court Bill to the Judiciary Committee.

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                              Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, July 9, 1937

                              Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

                              Date:  1937-07-09

                              Resource type:   text

                              Resource type:   letter

                              Topics include Senate floor debate over Court Bill.

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                                Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, June 24, 1937

                                Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

                                Date:  1937-06-24

                                Resource type:   text

                                Resource type:   letter

                                Topics include letters received about Judiciary Committee action on the Court Bill.

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                                  Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, June 5, 1939

                                  Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

                                  Date:  1939-06-05

                                  Resource type:   text

                                  Resource type:   letter

                                  Topics include garden party at the British Embassy to honor the King and Queen of England; impending Supreme Court decision on milk cases.

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                                    Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, March 25, 1937

                                    Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

                                    Date:  1937-03-25

                                    Resource type:   text

                                    Resource type:   letter

                                    Topics include Court Bill hearings in the Judiciary Committee.

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                                      Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, March 9, 1937

                                      Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

                                      Date:  1937-03-09

                                      Resource type:   text

                                      Resource type:   letter

                                      Topics include Pure Food and Drug Bill; Court Bill hearings in the Judiciary Committee and opposition by Democrats; Guffey Coal Bill.

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                                        Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, May 19, 1936

                                        Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

                                        Date:  1936-05-19

                                        Resource type:   text

                                        Resource type:   letter

                                        Topics include Supreme Court and Circuit Court of Appeals of the District of Columbia decisions, which "held invalid parts of the New Deal usurpation of legislative power of the sovereignty of several States."

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                                          Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, May 25, 1939

                                          Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

                                          Date:  1939-05-25

                                          Resource type:   text

                                          Resource type:   letter

                                          Topics include bill for regulation of transportation; Railroad Reorganization; Court Bill.

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