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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, 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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                        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 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

                                                  Resource type:   letter

                                                  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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