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Letter from Webster to James Carnahan, 1847 June 22
Collection Description & Creator Information
The collection consists of selected correspondence and documents of and about Daniel Webster, the leading American statesman during the nation's Antebellum Period. Correspondents include David A. Hall of the Bank of the United States, U.S. President Henry Harrison, Richard Lears, Esq., E. N. Sparhawk, F. C. Stainback, and John Ward. In a letter to Mrs. Henry Harrison, on behalf of the family of Robert Goodloe Harper, Webster requests to copy a photograph of Harper which was in the possession of Mrs. Harrison. In another letter, dated June 22, 1847, to James Carnahan, ninth president of the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University), he regrets his inability to be present at the institution's centennial celebration. Included is a printed invitation, dated June 1851, signed by James Walker, Horatio Towne, G. H. Stone, and J. P. Huggins, inviting Webster to Massachusetts, and Webster's response to it. Also, there is a letter from John MacLean, tenth president of the College of New Jersey, asking Webster the favor of obtaining a passport for his stepson, Israel Garrard, to visit Europe, with Webster's response written at the top of the page.
The documents include two bank checks, signed by Webster, drawn on the Bank of the United States, one to E. Dyer & Co. and the other to Agnes Price, and minutes from a town meeting dated October 27, 1852, regarding the funeral of Daniel Webster. Other material included is a single autograph signature of Daniel Webster and a facsimile of a part of the address given by Webster on July 4, 1851, at the foundation of the addition to Capitol Hill.
- Custodial History:
The collection was formed as a result of a Departmental practice of combining into one collection material of various accessions relating to a particular person, family, or subject.
- Archival Appraisal Information:
No appraisal information is available.
Access & Use
- Access Restrictions:
The collection is open for research.
- Conditions for Reproduction and Use:
Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.
- Credit this material:
Letter from Webster to James Carnahan; Daniel Webster Collection, C1279, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library
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- Storage Note:
- Firestone Library (mss): Box 1