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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 Eunice Crafts, February 7, 1824

Creator:  Crafts, Samuel Chandler, 1768-1853

Date:  1824-02-07

Resource type:   text

Resource type:   letter

Letter to wife. Topics include health of Eunice and Samuel P. Crafts; social life and parties in Washington, DC; Byron and Southey's Visions of Judgment.

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    Title:   Letter to Eunice Crafts, January 22, 1825

    Creator:  Crafts, Samuel Chandler, 1768-1853

    Date:  1825-01-22

    Resource type:   text

    Resource type:   letter

    Letter to wife. Topics include social life of Washington, DC; typical day for Crafts.

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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, December 19, 1818

        Creator:  Crafts, Samuel Chandler, 1768-1853

        Date:  1818-12-19

        Resource type:   text

        Resource type:   letter

        Letter to wife. Topics include health of Crafts family; social life and visiting etiquette; boarding houses.

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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 Eunice Todd Crafts, November 27, 1820

            Creator:  Crafts, Samuel Chandler, 1768-1853

            Date:  1820-11-27

            Resource type:   text

            Resource type:   letter

            Letter to wife. Topics include social life; parties hosted by Secretary of War John Calhoun and Secretary of State John Quincy Adams; President James Monroe.

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              Title:   Letter to Harriet Johnson, April 7, 1844

              Creator:  Collamer, Jacob, 1791-1865

              Date:  1844-04-07

              Resource type:   letter

              Letter to daughter. Topics include social life of wives of congressmen; steam ship Princeton accident; Representative John Quincy Adams (MA); Representative Solomon Foot (VT); social life

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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 2, 1859

                  Creator:  Collamer, Jacob, 1791-1865

                  Date:  1859-01-02

                  Resource type:   letter

                  Letter to daughter. Topics include mailing of government documents and speeches by Collamer; new Senate chambers; social calls.

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                    Title:   Letter to Mary N. Collamer, December 26, 1858

                    Creator:  Collamer, Jacob, 1791-1865

                    Date:  1858-12-26

                    Resource type:   letter

                    Letter to wife. Topics include new Senate chambers; mailing of government documents and speeches by Collamer; social life.

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                      Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, March 12, 1940

                      Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

                      Date:  1940-03-12

                      Resource type:   text

                      Resource type:   letter

                      Topics include dinner hosted by the Austins for Robert Woods Bliss in honor of Archdukes Otto and Felix from Austria; Senator Gerry (RI).

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                        Title:   Letter to Nathan and Mary Hill, June 11, 1842

                        Creator:  Crafts, Samuel Chandler, 1768-1853

                        Date:  1842-06-11

                        Resource type:   text

                        Resource type:   letter

                        Letter to daughter and son-in-law. Topics include Tariff being considered in the House of Representatives; duties on imports; duty on foreign wool and response of wool manufacturers; distribution of the proceeds of the public lands; Apportionment Bill for Representatives to Congress debated in the Senate; fashions in Washington, DC; flowers and vegetables seen in DC.

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