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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 N. Collamer, February 3, 1856

Creator:  Collamer, Jacob, 1791-1865

Date:  1856-02-03

Resource type:   letter

Letter to wife. Topics include John Gregory Smith; receptions of cabinet Secretaries and President Franklin Pierce; Representative Nathaniel Banks (MA).

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    Title:   Letter to Mary N. Collamer, February 7, 1848

    Creator:  Collamer, Jacob, 1791-1865

    Date:  1848-02-07

    Resource type:   letter

    Letter to wife. Topics include speech in House by Collamer; Hiram Powers statue of the Greek Slave.

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      Title:   Letter to Mary N. Collamer, January 19, 1846

      Creator:  Collamer, Jacob, 1791-1865

      Date:  1846-01-19

      Resource type:   letter

      Letter to wife. Topics include Representative Solomon Foot (VT); death of Representative William Taylor (VA); President James Polk; Representative Cornelius Darragh (PA); Representative George Perkins Marsh (VT); Representative John Chipman (MI).

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        Title:   Letter to Mary N. Collamer, January 26, 1845

        Creator:  Collamer, Jacob, 1791-1865

        Date:  1845-01-26

        Resource type:   letter

        Letter to wife. Topics include annexation of Texas debate and vote; speeches by Collamer and Representative George Perkins Marsh (VT) on Texas.

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          Title:   Letter to Mary N. Collamer, January 30, 1849

          Creator:  Collamer, Jacob, 1791-1865

          Date:  1849-01-30

          Resource type:   letter

          Letter to wife. Topics include inauguration of President Zachary Taylor; possible Cabinet appointments.

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            Title:   Letter to Mary N. Collamer, July 8, 1848

            Creator:  Collamer, Jacob, 1791-1865

            Date:  1848-07-08

            Resource type:   letter

            Letter to wife. Topics include question of slavery being admitted into newly acquired territories; presidential speeches in the House.

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              Title:   Letter to Mary N. Collamer, June 26, 1856

              Creator:  Collamer, Jacob, 1791-1865

              Date:  1856-06-26

              Resource type:   letter

              Letter to wife. Topics include Kansas.

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                Title:   Letter to Mary N. Collamer, March 2, 1862

                Creator:  Collamer, Jacob, 1791-1865

                Date:  1862-03-02

                Resource type:   letter

                Letter to wife. Topics include Civil War; slaves and slavery; health of Vermont troops.

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                  Title:   Letter to Mary N. Collamer, March 5, 1849

                  Creator:  Collamer, Jacob, 1791-1865

                  Date:  1849-03-05

                  Resource type:   letter

                  Letter to wife. Topics include inauguration of President Zachary Taylor; appointment of Collamer as Postmaster General.

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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 Mary N. Collamer, May 9, 1858

                      Creator:  Collamer, Jacob, 1791-1865

                      Date:  1858-05-09

                      Resource type:   letter

                      Letter to wife. Topics include death of Senator Josiah Evans (SC); Representative Justin Morrill; Kansas.

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                        Title:   Letter to Mary N. Collamer, November 27, 1845

                        Creator:  Collamer, Jacob, 1791-1865

                        Date:  1845-11-27

                        Resource type:   letter

                        Letter to wife. Topics include securing a seat in the House chamber; traveling to Washington.

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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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                            Title:   Letter to William Collamer, January 19, 1859

                            Creator:  Collamer, Jacob, 1791-1865

                            Date:  1859-01-19

                            Resource type:   letter

                            Letter to son. Topics include Tariff; Pacific Rail Road; African Slave Trade; Amistad; Vermont State House; mailing of government documents by Collamer; Joint Resolution introduced by Senator Solomon Foot (VT) on bounty land law; Bankruptcy Bill.

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                              Title:   Letter to William Collamer, January 24, 1848

                              Creator:  Collamer, Jacob, 1791-1865

                              Date:  1848-01-24

                              Resource type:   letter

                              Letter to son. Topics include General Zachary Taylor.

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