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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 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 Harriet Johnson, June 20, 1848

    Creator:  Collamer, Jacob, 1791-1865

    Date:  1848-06-20

    Resource type:   letter

    Letter to daughter. Topics include Committee on Public Lands; visit of Frederick Billings.

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      Title:   Letter to Mary Collamer, December 14, 1845

      Creator:  Collamer, Jacob, 1791-1865

      Date:  1845-12-14

      Resource type:   letter

      Letter to daughter. Topics include visit to the White House with Representative Solomon Foot (VT); Sarah Polk, wife of the President; Congressional prayer meetings.

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        Title:   Letter to Mary Collamer, February 10, 1845

        Creator:  Collamer, Jacob, 1791-1865

        Date:  1845-02-10

        Resource type:   letter

        Letter to daughter. Topics include Whig and Democrat members of Congress; President James Polk; annexation of Texas.

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          Title:   Letter to Mary Collamer, February 14, 1847

          Creator:  Collamer, Jacob, 1791-1865

          Date:  1847-02-14

          Resource type:   letter

          Letter to daughter. Topics include city crowded with people seeking military appointments; Senator John Calhoun (SC) and the Calhoun branch of the Democratic party; President James Polk.

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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 Mary Collamer, February 4, 1844

              Creator:  Collamer, Jacob, 1791-1865

              Date:  1844-02-04

              Resource type:   letter

              Letter to daughter. Topics include abolitionism; Representative Joshua Giddings (OH); Representative John Quincy Adams (MA); Democrats and Whigs; speech making in Congress.

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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 Collamer, January 24, 1847

                    Creator:  Collamer, Jacob, 1791-1865

                    Date:  1847-01-24

                    Resource type:   letter

                    Letter to daughter. Topics include Mexican-American War; President James Polk; General Zachary Taylor; General Winfield Scott.

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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 N. Collamer, April 13, 1856

                        Creator:  Collamer, Jacob, 1791-1865

                        Date:  1856-04-13

                        Resource type:   letter

                        Letter to wife. Topics include speech by Collamer in the Senate on Kansas; practice of visiting home by members of Congress while in session.

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                          Title:   Letter to Mary N. Collamer, December 11, 1859

                          Creator:  Collamer, Jacob, 1791-1865

                          Date:  1859-12-11

                          Resource type:   letter

                          Letter to wife. Topics include President James Buchanan; Senator James Dixon (CT); John Brown; speeches in the House of Representatives.

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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, December 14, 1856

                              Creator:  Collamer, Jacob, 1791-1865

                              Date:  1856-12-14

                              Resource type:   letter

                              Letter to wife. Topics include speech by Collamer in the Senate.

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                                Title:   Letter to Mary N. Collamer, December 19, 1859

                                Creator:  Collamer, Jacob, 1791-1865

                                Date:  1859-12-19

                                Resource type:   letter

                                Letter to wife. Topics include John Brown and proposed investigation of his supporters.

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                                  Title:   Letter to Mary N. Collamer, December 20, 1857

                                  Creator:  Collamer, Jacob, 1791-1865

                                  Date:  1857-12-20

                                  Resource type:   letter

                                  Letter to wife. Topics include opposition of Senator Stephen Douglas (IL) to the position of President James Buchanan on Kansas; new hall for House of Representatives.

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                                    Title:   Letter to Mary N. Collamer, December 25, 1856

                                    Creator:  Collamer, Jacob, 1791-1865

                                    Date:  1856-12-25

                                    Resource type:   letter

                                    Letter to wife. Topics include Agriculture Patent Office Reports to be mailed.

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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 Mary N. Collamer, December 3, 1848

                                        Creator:  Collamer, Jacob, 1791-1865

                                        Date:  1848-12-03

                                        Resource type:   letter

                                        Letter to wife. Topics include traveling to Washington, DC; new session of Congress; lottery for seats in the House.

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                                          Title:   Letter to Mary N. Collamer, February 13, 1859

                                          Creator:  Collamer, Jacob, 1791-1865

                                          Date:  1859-02-13

                                          Resource type:   letter

                                          Letter to wife. Topics include acquisition of Cuba; Secretary of the Interior Jacob Thompson.

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                                            Title:   Letter to Mary N. Collamer, February 14, 1849

                                            Creator:  Collamer, Jacob, 1791-1865

                                            Date:  1849-02-14

                                            Resource type:   letter

                                            Letter to wife. Topics include inauguration of President Zachary Taylor; traveling to Vermont by rail.

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                                              Title:   Letter to Mary N. Collamer, February 17, 1844

                                              Creator:  Collamer, Jacob, 1791-1865

                                              Date:  1844-02-17

                                              Resource type:   letter

                                              Letter to wife. Topics include party hosted by Postmaster General Charles Wickliffe; George Perkins Marsh; Democrats and Whigs; dueling.

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                                                Title:   Letter to Mary N. Collamer, February 24, 1856

                                                Creator:  Collamer, Jacob, 1791-1865

                                                Date:  1856-02-24

                                                Resource type:   letter

                                                Letter to wife. Topics include invitation to dinner with President Franklin Pierce; Kansas and the Senate Committee on Territories; Representative James Meacham (VT) and alcohol; Representative Justin Morrill (VT).

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                                                  Title:   Letter to Mary N. Collamer, February 28, 1844

                                                  Creator:  Collamer, Jacob, 1791-1865

                                                  Date:  1844-02-28

                                                  Resource type:   letter

                                                  Letter to wife. Topics include war steam ship Princeton explosion, killing Secretary of State Abel Upshur, Secretary of the Navy Thomas Gilmer, Chief of the Bureau of Construction, Equipment and Repairs Captain Beverly Kennon and others.

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