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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 Todd Crafts, February 6, 1819

Creator:  Crafts, Samuel Chandler, 1768-1853

Date:  1819-02-06

Resource type:   text

Resource type:   letter

Letter to wife. Topics include duel between General Mason and Captain McCarty of Virginia over a political quarrel resulting in the death of General Mason; debate over censure of General Andrew Jackson over his engagement of the war in Florida.

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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

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    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, January 22, 1821

      Creator:  Crafts, Samuel Chandler, 1768-1853

      Date:  1821-01-22

      Resource type:   text

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      Letter to wife. Topics include health of son Samuel P. Crafts; health of residents of Crafts' boarding house in Washington, DC; health of members of Congress, with four dead.

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        Title:   Letter to Eunice Todd Crafts, March 12, 1820

        Creator:  Crafts, Samuel Chandler, 1768-1853

        Date:  1820-03-12

        Resource type:   text

        Resource type:   letter

        Letter to wife. Topics include Missouri and slavery; Federal deficit and Government spending; Representative Henry W. Edwards (CT) and the Connecticut delegation; Representative Timothy Pitkin (CT); Representative Samuel B. Sherwood (CT)

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          Title:   Letter to Eunice Todd Crafts, March 26, 1820

          Creator:  Crafts, Samuel Chandler, 1768-1853

          Date:  1820-03-26

          Resource type:   text

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          Letter to wife. Topics include mail robbery north of Baltimore; duel between Commodore Stephen Decatur and Commodore James Barron resulting in the death of Decatur; Decatur's funeral.

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            Title:   Letter to Eunice Todd Crafts, May 8, 1820

            Creator:  Crafts, Samuel Chandler, 1768-1853

            Date:  1820-05-08

            Resource type:   text

            Resource type:   letter

            Letter to wife. Topics include adjournment of Congress.

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              Title:   Letter to Eunice Todd Crafts, November 12, 1820

              Creator:  Crafts, Samuel Chandler, 1768-1853

              Date:  1820-11-12

              Resource type:   text

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              Letter to wife. Topics include traveling to Washington; members of Congress arriving in Washington; boarding houses.

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                Title:   Letter to Eunice Todd Crafts, November 19, 1820

                Creator:  Crafts, Samuel Chandler, 1768-1853

                Date:  1820-11-19

                Resource type:   text

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                Letter to wife. Topics include travel; boarding houses; Senator William Palmer (VT), Representative Charles Rich (VT), Judge Livermore (NH), Mr. Phelps & Mr. Stevens of Connecticut; election of Speaker of the House; constitution of Missouri & slavery.

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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 James A. Paddock, April 7, 1822

                    Creator:  Crafts, Samuel Chandler, 1768-1853

                    Date:  1822-04-07

                    Resource type:   text

                    Resource type:   letter

                    Topics include newspaper coverage of Congress; length and slowness of current session.

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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 Matilda Corbin, July 7, 1842

                        Creator:  Crafts, Samuel Chandler, 1768-1853

                        Date:  1842-07-07

                        Resource type:   text

                        Resource type:   letter

                        Letter to sister. Topics include 4th of July festivities including processions by Juvenile Temperance Societies, Sabbath School Societies, and black Sabbath School children numbering near five hundred.

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                          Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, April 06, 1935

                          Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

                          Date:  1935-04-06

                          Resource type:   text

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                          Topics include minority report on the Thirty Hour Bill; Huey Long as a potential candidate for President; dinner hosted by Mildred Austin for the British Ambassador.

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                            Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, April 08, 1933

                            Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

                            Date:  1933-04-08

                            Resource type:   text

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                            Topics include Emergency Farm Mortgage Act; Presidential power; Agricultural Colleges; Extension Service; Industrial Education.

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                              Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, April 10, 1934

                              Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

                              Date:  1934-04-10

                              Resource type:   text

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                              Topics include Austin radio broadcast on the air mail issue.

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                                Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, April 14, 1934

                                Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

                                Date:  1934-04-14

                                Resource type:   text

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                                Topics include Austin radio broadcast on the air mail issue.

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                                  Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, April 15, 1935

                                  Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

                                  Date:  1935-04-15

                                  Resource type:   text

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                                  Topics include a speech by Senator Wheeler; Austin assisting Senator McNary, Minority Leader, in the absence of a Minority Whip; Black Thirty Hour Bill.

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                                    Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, April 16, 1934

                                    Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

                                    Date:  1934-04-16

                                    Resource type:   text

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                                    Topics include Austin radio broadcast on the air mail issue.

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                                      Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, April 21, 1934

                                      Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

                                      Date:  1934-04-21

                                      Resource type:   text

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                                      Topics include debate on the air mail issue; Democratic Whip Senator Lewis' entering of Austin's address before the Vermont Bar Association into the Congressional Record.

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                                        Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, April 22, 1932

                                        Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

                                        Date:  1932-04-22

                                        Resource type:   text

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                                        Topics include Merger bill

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                                          Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, April 23, 1935

                                          Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

                                          Date:  1935-04-23

                                          Resource type:   text

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                                          Topics include Farm Owners Loan Bill; Austin's impression of a Huey Long speech listened to by packed galleries.

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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

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                                            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, April 30, 1934

                                              Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

                                              Date:  1934-04-30

                                              Resource type:   text

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                                              Topics include filibuster by southern Senators to prevent consideration of the anti-lynching bill; Senator Glass; Senator Bankhead.

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                                                Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, April 1, 1938

                                                Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

                                                Date:  1938-04-01

                                                Resource type:   text

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                                                Topics include Austin's amendments to an airmail bill; Austin's successful effort to get Senator La Follette to include Puerto Rico in a public health bill.

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                                                  Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, April 10, 1940

                                                  Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

                                                  Date:  1940-04-10

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                                                  Topics include Germany, Russia, Europe, and Asia; occupation of Denmark and Norway by the Germans; Senator Burke's (NE) primary defeat.

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