1847 Letters

181 documents written in 1847 from 17 author(s) to 36 people including Robert Wood , and Smith from places such as Washington, DC, , MA and San Luis Rey, CA.

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  • Journal Entry.

    Washington, DC - 1 January 1847

    James Polk journal entry... According to an invariable custom which has been observed by all my predecessors, the President's mansion is thrown open for the reception of visitors on the first day of every year

  • Journal Entry.

    Washington, DC - 2 January 1847

    James Polk journal entry... Mr. Buchanan repeated the opinion which upon several occasions before he had intimated, that it was bad policy to think of marching a great army upon the City of Mexico

  • Frances Longfellow letter to Emmeline Austin Wadsworth.

    , MA - 2 January 1847

    "The learned blacksmith" has sent Henry, as he requested, a pruning-hook made by his own hand, by way of autograph...

  • Robert Stockton letter to John Fremont.

    San Luis Rey, CA - 3 January 1847

    We arrived here last night from San Diego, and leave to-day on our march for the City of the Angels, where I hope to be in five or six days.

  • Journal Entry.

    Washington, DC - 4 January 1847

    James Polk journal entry... Mr. Preston King of New York had introduced into the House of Representatives a bill on the subject of slavery which had produced much sensation in the body

  • Journal Entry.

    Washington, DC - 5 January 1847

    James Polk journal entry... From them it appears that General Taylor has paid no regard to the views of the Government, but has dispersed the troops in small bodies at different and distant points from each other...

  • John Brown Sr letter to Ruth Brown.

    Springfield, MA - 5 January 1847

    Sometimes my imagination follows those of my family who have passed behind the scenes; and I would almost rejoice to be permitted to make them a personal visit.

  • Wilson Lumpkin letter to John Calhoun.

    Athens, GA - 6 January 1847

    The mode suggested by you for the further prosecution of the War is the one which had not only occurred to me previous to the reception of your letter, but I have frequently suggested it to others

  • Journal Entry.

    Washington, DC - 7 January 1847

    James Polk journal entry... I now predict that no President of the United States of either party will ever again be reelected.

  • letter to Buck.

    New York, NY - 10 January 1847

    Franklin A. Buck letter to sister... I have sat down to converse with you once more through the medium of the mail and like all persons when they don't know how to begin, commence with the weather.

  • Journal Entry.

    Washington, DC - 11 January 1847

    James Polk journal entry... The Secretary of the Navy read to me the rough draft of a despatch which he had prepared to Commodore Stockton in the Pacific...

  • Robert Stockton letter to George Bancroft.

    Los Angeles, CA - 11 January 1847

    We have rescued the country from the hands of the insurgents, but I fear that the absence of Colonel Fremont's battalion of mounted riflemen will enable most of the Mexican officers who have broken their parole to escape to Sonora.

  • Stephen Kearny letter to John Fremont.

    Los Angeles, CA - 12 January 1847

    I am here in possession of this place, with sailors and marines.

  • Stephen Kearny letter to Robert Stockton.

    Los Angeles, CA - 13 January 1847

    I further fear that, unless something is done at once to inform them of the true state of affairs here, they may capitulate and retire to the upper country.

  • Journal Entry.

    Sacramento Valley, CA - 14 January 1847

    John Sutter journal entry... Capt. Leidesdorff U. S. vice Consul & Capt. Hinckley, Capt. of the Port of San francisco, arrived on a friendly Visit

  • Journal Entry.

    Washington, DC - 14 January 1847

    James Polk journal entry... I had a conversation with Col. Benton about General Taylor's mismanagement of the war...

  • Robert Stockton letter to George Bancroft.

    Los Angeles, CA - 15 January 1847

    I have the honor to inform you of the arrival of Lieutenant-Colonel Fremont at this place with four hundred men

  • Robert Stockton letter to George Bancroft.

    Los Angeles, CA - 15 January 1847

    I have the honour to inform you of the arrival of Lieutenant-Colonel Fremont at this place with four hundred men; that some of the insurgents have made their escape to Sonora, and that the rest have surrendered to our arms.

  • Journal Entry.

    Washington, DC - 16 January 1847

    James Polk journal entry... The Cabinet were unanimous, also, in opinion that if by treaty or otherwise the United States should acquire any territory from Mexico...

  • Robert Stockton letter to Stephen Kearney.

    Los Angeles, CA - 16 January 1847

    I cannot do any thing nor desist from doing any thing on your demand, which I will submit to the President and ask for your recall. In the mean time you will consider yourself suspended from the command of the United States forces in this place.

  • Stephen Kearny letter to Robert Stockton.

    Los Angeles, CA - 16 January 1847

    I am informed that you are now engaged in organizing a civil government and appointing officers for it in this territory.

  • Stephen Kearny letter to Robert Stockton.

    Los Angeles, CA - 17 January 1847

    I must, for the purpose of preventing a collision between us and possibly a civil war in consequence of it, remain silent for the present...

  • Stephen Kearny letter to Robert Stockton.

    Los Angeles, CA - 17 January 1847

    I have to inform you that I intend to withdraw to-morrow from this place, with the small party which escorted me to this country.

  • John Fremont letter to Stephen Kearny.

    Los Angeles, CA - 17 January 1847

    ...until you and Commodore Stockton adjust, between yourselves, the question of rank, where I respectfully think the difficulty belongs, I shall have to report and receive orders, as heretofore, from the Commodore.

  • Journal Entry.

    Washington, DC - 19 January 1847

    James Polk journal entry... Mr. Rush gave me some interesting details which occurred when he was connected with Mr. Madison's administration...

  • Journal Entry.

    Washington, DC - 21 January 1847

    James Polk journal entry... In truth he is too fond of spending his time in fashionable and light society...

  • letter to Smith.

    Steamboat - Rough And Ready, MEX - 22 January 1847

    E. Kirby Smith letter to wife

  • Robert Stockton letter to George Bancroft.

    San Diego, CA - 22 January 1847

    I have the honor to inform you that the civil government of this Territory is in successful operation, that Colonel Fremont is acting as governor...

  • Robert Stockton letter to George Bancroft.

    San Diego, CA - 22 January 1847

    I have the honour to inform you that the civil government of this territory is in successful operation, that Colonel Fremont is acting as governor and Colonel Russell as secretary

  • Journal Entry.

    Washington, DC - 23 January 1847

    James Polk journal entry... Saw company this morning until the hour of the meeting of the Cabinet. Among others who called was Senator Crittenden of Kentucky.

  • Journal Entry.

    Washington, DC - 25 January 1847

    James Polk journal entry... a letter bearing the signature of General Taylor and purporting to have been written near Monterey in Mexico...was published in the New York Express

  • Journal Entry.

    Washington, DC - 26 January 1847

    James Polk journal entry... The Cabinet were unanimous in condemning Taylor for writing such a letter and Gaines for publishing it...

  • letter to Robert Wood.

    Monterey, MEX - 26 January 1847

    Zachary Taylor letter to Dr. R.C. Wood - I had been stripped of nearly the whole of the regular force & more than one half of the Volunteers...

  • letter to Smith.

    Camp Palo Alto, MEX - 27 January 1847

    E. Kirby Smith letter to wife

  • letter to Robert Wood.

    Monterey, MEX - 30 January 1847

    Zachary Taylor letter to Dr. R.C. Wood - had been surprised, killed or made prisoners, not one escaping to tell the news...

  • John Calhoun letter to Thomas Clemson.

    Washington, MD - 30 January 1847

    Nothing stands between the country and unbounded prosperity in all branches of its industry, but the unfortunate Mexican war.

  • Journal Entry.

    Washington, DC - 1 February 1847

    James Polk journal entry... The prospect of the passage of the bill before Congress to raise ten regular regiments for the war against Mexico brought a large number of members of Congress...

  • Robert Stockton letter to George Bancroft.

    San Diego, CA - 4 February 1847

    I only desire at this time that you will call the attention of the President to it, and ask that General Kearney may be recalled from the territory, to prevent the evil consequences that may grow out of such a temper and such a head.

  • Robert Stockton letter to George Bancroft.

    San Diego, CA - 5 February 1847

    I now proceed ... to give you a more detailed and circumstantial account of the battles of the 8th and 9th, as well as of the preparations which preceded them.

  • letter to John Stephens.

    Los Angeles, CA - 6 February 1847

    Benjamin Lippincott letter to John L. Stephens... My tour from New York has been one wild adventure with all the changes of an ardous trip, intermingled with some pleasures and instruction.

  • Journal Entry.

    Washington, DC - 6 February 1847

    James Polk journal entry... This I thought necessary to vindicate myself before the people and to throw the responsibility for the failure to act upon Congress.

  • letter to E Williams.

    Los Angeles, CA - 7 February 1847

    Benjamin Lippincott letter to E.H. Williams... This will serve to introduce you to adjutant, L.T. Talbot

  • Journal Entry.

    Washington, DC - 8 February 1847

    James Polk journal entry... Mr. Calhoun can carry with him that many votes, and I now consider him the most mischievous man in the Senate to my administration.

  • Journal Entry.

    Washington, DC - 9 February 1847

    James Polk journal entry... The impression now is that the Ten Regiment bill will yet pass.

  • letter to Robert Wood.

    Camp At Agua Nueava, MEX - 9 February 1847

    Zachary Taylor letter to Dr. R.C. Wood - One of the expectations of those who perpetrated the outrage against me was, that I would at once leave the country...

  • Journal Entry.

    Washington, DC - 10 February 1847

    James Polk journal entry... The Ten Regiment bill, I learn, passed the two houses of Congress today.

  • Journal Entry.

    Washington, DC - 11 February 1847

    James Polk journal entry... I learn that a motion was made today in the Senate by Senator Yulee of Florida to expel the editor of the Union...

  • Journal Entry.

    Washington, DC - 13 February 1847

    James Polk journal entry... About six o'clock P.M. I learned that the Senate had expelled Mr. Ritchie from the privileged seats of that body...

  • letter to Smith.

    Camp At Brasos, MEX - 17 February 1847

    E. Kirby Smith letter to wife

  • John Calhoun letter to Thomas Clemson.

    Washington, MD - 17 February 1847

    The country is, indeed, in a sad Condition, and the principles and doctrines of the Republican party are in a fair way of being permanently subverted through the weakness and folly of the administration.

  • Journal Entry.

    Sacramento Valley, CA - 19 February 1847

    John Sutter journal entry... California is about to be delivered up to the U. S.

  • Journal Entry.

    Washington, DC - 19 February 1847

    James Polk journal entry... My office was crowded this morning with visitors, most of them seeking military appointments.

  • Journal Entry.

    Washington, DC - 20 February 1847

    James Polk journal entry... The official report of General Scott with the correspondence between himself and Col. Harney was read

  • John Whittier letter to Ann Wendell.

    Amesbury, MA - 21 February 1847

    What a sad state of things in Ireland! We have been trying to do something in this region. Our little meeting here has raised about fifty dollars.

  • Journal Entry.

    Washington, DC - 22 February 1847

    James Polk journal entry... was conducted by them to the birthnight ball at Carusi's Saloon, where I remained about half an hour, and from thence I was conducted to Jackson Hall...

  • letter to Buck.

    New York, NY - 23 February 1847

    Franklin A. Buck letter to sister... I always supposed that the Italian singing was all affectation and because it was fashionable it was liked but I must confess in spite of myself that I never heard such music in my life.

  • letter to Smith.

    Ship Huron Off Lobos, MEX - 28 February 1847

    E. Kirby Smith letter to wife - It is rumored that we are to commence our landing tonight I doubt it.

  • Frances Longfellow letter to Thomas Appleton.

    , MA - 28 February 1847

    You will see how universal the sympathy for the sufferings of the Irish has been throughout the country, and what relief is offered.

  • Journal Entry.

    Washington, DC - 8 March 1847

    James Polk journal entry... Tonight I found on my table a letter from General Benton dated on the 6th

  • John Calhoun letter to Duff Green.

    Charleston, SC - 9 March 1847

    I have just returned from addressing a very large and enthusiastick meeting. It is said to be the largest ever held here. I find perfect unanimity here, including Whigs and democrats.

  • Journal Entry.

    Washington, DC - 10 March 1847

    James Polk journal entry... Having seen in the New Orleans papers which arrived last night that Major General Butler was in New Orleans...

  • Robert Stockton letter to .

    San Diego, CA - 10 March 1847

    It is not true that I placed the whole expedition under the command of General Kearney, nor did I so announce it.

  • John Brown Sr letter to John Brown.

    Springfield, MA - 12 March 1847

    Have turned about four thousand dollars worth of wool into cash since I returned

  • Journal Entry.

    Washington, DC - 13 March 1847

    James Polk journal entry... submitted to the Cabinet the propriety of raising the blockade of such of the ports of Mexico as may be in the military possession of our arms...

  • letter to Smith.

    Camp Near Vera Cruz, MEX - 13 March 1847

    E. Kirby Smith letter to wife - We could see a few Mexican soldiers on shore, but no evidence of any large force to oppose our landing...

  • Journal Entry.

    Sacramento Valley, CA - 14 March 1847

    John Sutter journal entry... Doctor Marsh sent an Express with information of Fremonts Difficulties with Castro

  • Journal Entry.

    Washington, DC - 15 March 1847

    James Polk journal entry... Brigadier-General Franklin Pierce of New Hampshire and Col. Caleb Cushing of Massachusetts called on me today

  • Journal Entry.

    Washington, DC - 17 March 1847

    James Polk journal entry... After night Senator Breese called. He has always an axe to grind

  • Journal Entry.

    Washington, DC - 18 March 1847

    James Polk journal entry... witnessed the marriage of his eldest daughter, Miss Eliza Benton, with Mr. Jones of New Orleans

  • John Calhoun letter to Thomas Clemson.

    Fort Hill, SC - 19 March 1847

    On my return, I met Mrs Calhoun in Charleston waiting my arrival. My reception by the city authorities and the citizens generally was warm, and even enthusiastick never more so.

  • Journal Entry.

    Washington, DC - 20 March 1847

    James Polk journal entry... I condemned the purchase and employment of the thousands of wagons for which I learned requisitions had been made by the commander of the army in Mexico

  • letter to Robert Wood.

    Monterey, MEX - 20 March 1847

    Zachary Taylor letter to Dr. R.C. Wood - The various assaults give me but little concern, alth it has brought on me a reprimand from the president...

  • John Calhoun letter to James Edward Calhoun.

    Fort Hill, SC - 20 March 1847

    The grievance of which you speak, in reference to the proposed substitution of a horse mail from Abbeville to the Double wells on the Georgia rail road, admits of no remedy, but the repeal of the act of Congress passed three years since

  • letter to Bub Lippincott.

    Los Angeles, CA - 22 March 1847

    Benjamin Lippincott letter to his brother... This will serve to introduce to your acquaintance, Col. Wm. H. Russell, Sec. of State of California, under Gov. Fremont. You will find him a pleasant, affable, & instructing acquaintance

  • Journal Entry.

    Washington, DC - 22 March 1847

    James Polk journal entry... Upon a full examination of all the newspaper accounts from New Orleans containing all the information from General Taylor's army

  • letter to Smith.

    Camp Near Vera Cruz, MEX - 22 March 1847

    E. Kirby Smith letter to wife - The siege has progressed slowly and neither party has as yet injured the other materially.

  • John Tyler letter to John Calhoun.

    Sherwood Forest, VA - 23 March 1847

    I feel it to be due to myself to enclose you the New York Mirror of the 13th Inst. and to direct your attention to that portion of an article which I have designated by ink lines.

  • letter to Smith.

    Camp Near Vera Cruz, MEX - 24 March 1847

    E. Kirby Smith letter to wife - I have just come in from a picket tour of three days and two nights

  • Journal Entry.

    Washington, DC - 28 March 1847

    James Polk journal entry... Exciting rumours arrived this morning from General Taylor...

  • John Calhoun letter to Duff Green.

    Fort Hill, SC - 28 March 1847

    I see by the contents of your letter, that you have misunderstood me on a point, where I had supposed my meaning was very obvious.

  • Journal Entry.

    Washington, DC - 29 March 1847

    James Polk journal entry... General Benton called and read me a letter which he had addressed to the people of Oregon...

  • letter to Laura Arnold.

    Camp Near Vera Cruz, MEX - 30 March 1847

    Thomas Jackson letter to sister Laura... I am now encamped on the road leading from Vera Cruz to the city of Mexico

  • letter to Thomas Jesup.

    Camp Near Vera Cruz, MEX - 30 March 1847

    Thomas Jackson letter to General T.S. Jesup, Quartermaster General

  • Journal Entry.

    Washington, DC - 1 April 1847

    James Polk journal entry... By the Southern mail of this evening official despatches were received from General Taylor giving a detailed account of the battle of the 22d and 23d ultimo

  • John Brown Sr letter to Owen Brown.

    Springfield, MA - 2 April 1847

    I am quite sensible of the truth of your remark, that my family are quite as well off as though we possessed millions.

  • Frederick Douglass letter to .

    Liverpool, ENG - 3 April 1847

    (the Liverpool agent) answered that the London agent, in selling me the ticket, had acted without authority, and that I should not go on board the ship unless I agreed to take my meals alone, not to mix with the saloon company, and to give up the ber

  • letter to Robert Wood.

    Monterey, MEX - 4 April 1847

    Zachary Taylor letter to Dr. R.C. Wood - It is quite likely there will be no more fighting in this section other than with small detachments who may perhaps attempt to rifle the trains...

  • Journal Entry.

    Washington, DC - 6 April 1847

    James Polk journal entry... I remarked to Mr. Mason that Mr. Calhoun had become perfectly desperate in his aspirations to the Presidency...

  • letter to Smith.

    Camp Near Vera Cruz, MEX - 6 April 1847

    E. Kirby Smith letter to wife -

  • Duff Green letter to John Calhoun.

    Washington, MD - 6 April 1847

    I need not say to you, that no one has a higher respect for your character, and that no one places a higher estimate on your friendship.

  • Journal Entry.

    Washington, DC - 10 April 1847

    James Polk journal entry... information had been received that the city of Vera Cruz and the castle of San Juan de Ulloa had surrendered on the 27th...

  • John Calhoun letter to Thomas Clemson.

    Fort Hill, SC - 11 April 1847

    The spring has been very backward; but the weather has been warm and dry since the commencement of the month, and vegitation has pushed forward with great rapidity.

  • Journal Entry.

    Washington, DC - 12 April 1847

    James Polk journal entry... He told me that he had understood that Mr. Calhoun had come out for Mr. Taylor for President

  • John Brown Sr letter to John Brown.

    Springfield, MA - 12 April 1847

    I enclose ten dollars; and I must say that when you continue to make INDEFINITE applications for money, without giving me the least idea of the amount you need...

  • Journal Entry.

    Washington, DC - 13 April 1847

    James Polk journal entry... Mr. Buchanan submitted for consideration the project of a treaty with Mexico, which he had prepared...

  • Journal Entry.

    Washington, DC - 14 April 1847

    James Polk journal entry... Mr. Beach describes the revolutionary condition of Mexico, but expresses the opinion that a treaty may be made which would be satisfactory to the United States...

  • Journal Entry.

    Washington, DC - 16 April 1847

    James Polk journal entry... Mr. Trist set out on his mission to the headquarters of the army this morning, with full powers to treat with the authorities of Mexico for peace

  • letter to Smith.

    Camp Near Vera Cruz, MEX - 17 April 1847

    E. Kirby Smith letter to wife - we were ordered on board the steamer McKim to go up the Alvarado River after horses and mules.

  • John Calhoun letter to Duff Green.

    Fort Hill, SC - 17 April 1847

    The mistake, which I think you and the most of my friends make in reference to myself is, that you do not fully realize how completely I hold my own advancement subordinate to what I deem my duty to the Country.

  • letter to William Marcy.

    Vera Cruz, MEX - 19 April 1847

    Winfield Scott letter to William Marcy

  • Journal Entry.

    Washington, DC - 20 April 1847

    James Polk journal entry... official despatches were received from Col. Price, commanding at Santa Fe, announcing that a battle had been fought and a signal victory won...

  • Journal Entry.

    Washington, DC - 21 April 1847

    James Polk journal entry... In disclosing the fact of the mission of Mr. Trist and its objects, contrary to my solemn injunction, there has been treachery somewhere

  • letter to Laura Arnold.

    Jalapa, MEX - 22 April 1847

    Thomas Jackson letter to sister Laura... I promised in my last that I would give you a more detailed account of Mexico in a subsequent letter. I will now endeavor to comply with that promise.

  • letter to William Marcy.

    Jalapa, MEX - 23 April 1847

    Winfield Scott letter to .William Marcy

  • James Hamilton letter to John Calhoun.

    Charleston, SC - 24 April 1847

    On my return home, I found with few exceptions the Democratic press of Georgia was in full cry against you and among the most rabid and clamorous was the Columbus Times edited by a Son of the late Mr. Forsyth.

  • letter to Smith.

    Jalapa, MEX - 25 April 1847

    E. Kirby Smith letter to wife - We were then nearly worn out with fatigue and started in bad spirits

  • Journal Entry.

    Sacramento Valley, CA - 28 April 1847

    John Sutter journal entry... Arrived Lieut. A. Gillespie of the U. States Marine Corps, who had secret Dispatches for Fremont...

  • Journal Entry.

    Washington, DC - 28 April 1847

    James Polk journal entry... I directed the organization into brigades and divisions of the ten regiments of troops authorized by Congress to be raised to serve during the war

  • letter to Smith.

    Castle Of Perote, MEX - 29 April 1847

    E. Kirby Smith letter to wife - The gorgeous flowers of this region are now in full bloom

  • Journal Entry.

    Washington, DC - 30 April 1847

    James Polk journal entry... Santa Anna was reported to be in front of the American army with 15,000 troops to resist their passage from Vera Cruz to Jalapa

  • letter to Smith.

    Castle Of Perote, MEX - 30 April 1847

    E. Kirby Smith letter to wife - What fools the Mexicans are that they don't make peace!

  • letter to William Sherman.

    Mansfield, OH - 2 May 1847

    John Sherman letter to William Sherman... We have heard, since I wrote the above, of General Scott's brilliant victory at Cerro Gordo

  • letter to Smith.

    Haciendo, San Antonio, MEX - 3 May 1847

    E. Kirby Smith letter to wife - the volunteers have fled in every action in which they have been engaged...

  • John Calhoun letter to Thomas Clemson.

    Fort Hill, SC - 6 May 1847

    The views you take in reference to Ritchie, and the position in which it has placed me in reference to the hunker portion of the party are perfectly correct.

  • letter to Robert Wood.

    Monterey, MEX - 9 May 1847

    Zachary Taylor letter to Dr. R.C. Wood - innumerable papers & letters congratulating me on the result of the battle of Buena Vista...

  • letter to Buck.

    New York, NY - 10 May 1847

    Franklin A. Buck letter to sister... Last Friday was a great day here, celebrating the victories in Mexico. Grand display of flags on the shipping and public buildings.

  • letter to Smith.

    Vereyes, MEX - 10 May 1847

    E. Kirby Smith letter to wife - we are on the verge of a peace

  • letter to Smith.

    Puebla, MEX - 15 May 1847

    E. Kirby Smith letter to wife - The papers here state that Santa Anna lost ninety men in the skirmish yesterday.

  • letter to Laura Arnold.

    Jalapa, MEX - 25 May 1847

    Thomas Jackson letter to sister Laura... I have the mortification of being left to garrison the town of Jalapa

  • letter to Smith.

    Puebla, MEX - 27 May 1847

    E. Kirby Smith letter to wife - We hear from Mexico this evening that Santa Anna has resigned all his offices

  • letter to Robert Wood.

    Monterey, MEX - 30 May 1847

    Zachary Taylor letter to Dr. R.C. Wood - I make no doubt was the election at hand I would be elected to the highest of office in the gift of the people...

  • Journal Entry.

    Sacramento Valley, CA - 3 June 1847

    John Sutter journal entry... I left in Company of Major Reading, and most all of the Men in my employ, for a Campaign with the Mukelemney Indians, which has been engaged by Castro and his Officers to revolutionize all the Indians against me...

  • letter to Smith.

    Puebla, MEX - 4 June 1847

    E. Kirby Smith letter to wife - My birthday I am forty years old

  • John Calhoun letter to Duff Green.

    Fort Hill, SC - 10 June 1847

    After giving the subject the most deliberat consideration, I cannot concur with you in opinion as to the expediency or propriety of my attending.

  • John Calhoun letter to Anna Maria Calhoun.

    Fort Hill, SC - 10 June 1847

    I am happy to hear, you are all so well, and that the children are making such progress; not in what is called learning only, but what is vastly more important at their age, in good sense and habits.

  • John Calhoun letter to Thomas Clemson.

    Fort Hill, SC - 15 June 1847

    By having done my duty fully in reference to the Mexican war, as it relates both to its origin and the mode it ought to have been conducted, I stand free of all responsibility, and independent of both parties, and their entanglement.

  • Journal Entry.

    Sacramento Valley, CA - 16 June 1847

    John Sutter journal entry... Merritt & Kitt Carson arrived with News of Sonoma beeing occupied by the Americans...

  • letter to Robert Wood.

    Camp Near Monterey, MEX - 23 June 1847

    Zachary Taylor letter to Dr. R.C. Wood - I have for some time entertained the opinion that it would be a rare occurrence if there was again a slave holder elevated to the presidency...

  • John Calhoun letter to James Edward Calhoun.

    Fort Hill, SC - 1 July 1847

    There begins to be a good deal of feelings in this quarter in reference to the navigation of the Savanah River and Mr Sloane has been appointed by the farmers society

  • letter to P Smith.

    , MEX - 6 July 1847

    Winfield Scott note to GEN P. F. SMITH.

  • John Calhoun letter to Thomas Clemson.

    Fort Hill, SC - 8 July 1847

    The difference between North and South is daily increasing, in reference to the Slave question. It is hard to say to what it is destined to come.

  • John Brown Sr letter to John Brown.

    Akron, OH - 9 July 1847

    We mean to have the business done up before we leave, so as to have no breaking up of the family here.

  • Journal Entry.

    Sacramento Valley, CA - 10 July 1847

    John Sutter journal entry... After the War I was anxious that Business should go on like before...

  • letter to Robert Wood.

    Camp Near Monterey, MEX - 11 July 1847

    Zachary Taylor letter to Dr. R.C. Wood - various papers which go very far to show the state of the public mind at the present moment as regards the election for the next president...

  • letter to Robert Wood.

    Camp Near Monterey, MEX - 20 July 1847

    Zachary Taylor letter to Dr. R.C. Wood - the greatest efforts will be made to extol Gen Scotts achievements beyond anything that has occurred...

  • John Calhoun letter to Thomas Clemson.

    Fort Hill, SC - 24 July 1847

    The Mexican war has been at a stand. There is ever[y] now and then a movement in favour of General Taylor.

  • John Whittier letter to John Hale.

    Amesbury, MA - 30 July 1847

    Pardon me for a suggestion or two. It is important that it should be understood that thou art disconnected entirely from the two old parties...

  • Journal Entry.

    Sacramento Valley, CA - 2 August 1847

    John Sutter journal entry... Major Cloud, paymaster & Capt Folsom quartermaster arrived...

  • John Whittier letter to John Hale.

    Amesbury, MA - 11 August 1847

    I wrote thee a hasty line the other day with reference to the Buffalo nomination. I sincerely hope thou wilt not feel thyself called upon to decline that nomination.

  • John Calhoun letter to Anna Maria Calhoun.

    Fort Hill, SC - 13 August 1847

    I am not at all surprised, that the victories our arms have achieved in Mexico should make so, deep an impression in Europe.

  • letter to Robert Wood.

    Camp Near Monterey, MEX - 15 August 1847

    Zachary Taylor letter to Dr. R.C. Wood

  • letter to William Marcy.

    San Augustin, MEX - 19 August 1847

    Winfield Scott Mexican War Report No. 31

  • letter to Antonio De Santa Anna.

    Coyoacan - 21 August 1847

    Winfield Scott letter to Gen. Santa Anna... Too much blood has already been shed in this unnatural war between the two great republics...

  • letter to Smith.

    Tacubaya, MEX - 22 August 1847

    E. Kirby Smith letter to wife - My brain is whirling from the long continued excitement and my body sore with bruises and fatigue...

  • Journal Entry.

    Sacramento Valley, CA - 25 August 1847

    John Sutter journal entry... Capt Hart of the Mormon Battaillon arrived...

  • letter to Robert Wood.

    Monterey, MEX - 25 August 1847

    Zachary Taylor letter to Dr. R.C. Wood

  • letter to Mary Buck.

    New York, NY - 27 August 1847

    Franklin A. Buck letter to sister... The other expedition which I made was to Coney Island, laying about ten miles from the city down to Sandy Hook. Here is a most splendid beach to go in bathing...

  • letter to William Marcy.

    Tacubaya, MEX - 28 August 1847

    Winfield Scott Mexican War Report No. 32

  • letter to James Buchanan.

    Camp Near Monterey, MEX - 29 August 1847

    Zachary Taylor letter to JAMES BUCHANAN

  • letter to Robert Wood.

    Monterey, MEX - 31 August 1847

    Zachary Taylor letter to Dr. R.C. Wood - I hope sincerely the yellow fever will not make its appearance at the Barracks

  • John Brown Sr letter to Ruth Brown.

    Springfield, MA - 1 September 1847

    We got over the tedious job of moving as well as we could expect, and have both families comfortably fixed.

  • John Calhoun letter to Thomas Clemson.

    Fort Hill, SC - 6 September 1847

    I agree with you, that the political condition of all western Europe is very unsettled, and especially France. Nor are we much better off. Our future is very uncertain.

  • letter to Robert Wood.

    Monterey, MEX - 8 September 1847

    Zachary Taylor letter to Dr. R.C. Wood - Gen Scott on the 22 d ult defeated a division of the Mexican army

  • letter to William Marcy.

    Tacubaya, MEX - 11 September 1847

    Winfield Scott Mexican War Report No. 33

  • letter to Robert Wood.

    Monterey, MEX - 14 September 1847

    Zachary Taylor letter to Dr. R.C. Wood

  • letter to William Marcy.

    Mexico City, MEX - 18 September 1847

    Winfield Scott Mexican War Report No. 34

  • Jefferson Davis letter to Charles Searles.

    Brierfield, MS - 19 September 1847

    The political information you communicate was entirely new to me, and it is only under the belief that the crisis renders important the views of every southern man, that I can account for any speculations having arisen about my opinions as to the nex

  • letter to .

    Penon, MEX - 23 September 1847

    President Santa Anna's offer of general quarters to american troops

  • letter to Robert Wood.

    Monterey, MEX - 27 September 1847

    Zachary Taylor letter to Dr. R.C. Wood - The deaths by yellow fever in the city are truly distressing particularly in Aug...

  • John Whittier letter to John Hale.

    Amesbury, MA - 2 October 1847

    Ere this I suppose the result of the convention at Buffalo has reached thee. If not already, thou wilt soon be officially informed of it, when it will be expected of thee that thy position will be defined.

  • letter to Robert Wood.

    Monterey, MEX - 5 October 1847

    Zachary Taylor letter to Dr. R.C. Wood - The death of S. Wright will very possible make some changes among the democratic party

  • letter to Robert Wood.

    Monterey, MEX - 19 October 1847

    Zachary Taylor letter to Dr. R.C. Wood

  • John Calhoun letter to Thomas Clemson.

    Fort Hill, SC - 24 October 1847

    You will have seen by the papers, that the City of Mexico is in possession of our army

  • letter to Robert Wood.

    Monterey, MEX - 27 October 1847

    Zachary Taylor letter to Dr. R.C. Wood - Gen Pierces letter is a very contemptable afair, not worth the time or trouble it takes to read it

  • John Brown Sr letter to Owen Brown.

    Springfield, MA - 1 November 1847

    Our business, so far as I can judge, has gone along middling well during my absence.

  • letter to Robert Wood.

    Monterey, MEX - 2 November 1847

    Zachary Taylor letter to Dr. R.C. Wood ...Santa Anna had been removed from the command of the Mexican army...

  • letter to Mary Buck.

    New York, NY - 3 November 1847

    Franklin A. Buck letter to sister... Yesterday they adopted a new mode of treatment: shaved his head and blistered it, and he now is in a very critical situation.

  • Zachary Taylor letter to Henry Clay.

    Monterey, MEX - 4 November 1847

    I fully agree with you in the necessity for more deliberation in the selection of a candidate for the Presidency, and I truly regret that my name should have been used in that relation.

  • John Calhoun letter to Duff Green.

    Fort Hill, SC - 9 November 1847

    I foresee a session of great distraction and confusion. The old party organization cannot much longer hold together.

  • John Calhoun letter to Duff Green.

    Fort Hill, SC - 13 November 1847

    The position of the country is very critical. Great caution and great firmness combined are necessary to extricate it from its present difficulties

  • James Lowell letter to Charles Briggs.

    Elmwood, MA - 13 November 1847

    Waldo Emerson is an amusing instance of a man who is keenly alive to the incongruousness of things but has no perception (or little) of ludicrous ideas.

  • letter to Robert Wood.

    Steam Boat Col Cross, MEX - 17 November 1847

    Zachary Taylor letter to Dr. R.C. Wood...cotton I observe has fallen some three cents since the opening of the market, which is a great falling off...

  • Wilson Lumpkin letter to John Calhoun.

    Athens, GA - 18 November 1847

    Your letter presents a correct, but brief view, of the external and internal relations of the Country at the present time and you are right in your conclusion

  • John Brown Sr letter to Owen Brown.

    Springfield, MA - 2 December 1847

    I trust that getting or losing money does not entirely engross our attention ; but I am sensible that it occupies quite too large a share in it.

  • James Gadsden letter to John Calhoun.

    Charleston, SC - 9 December 1847

    The Political movements are pregnant with events. The election of Winthrop would argue more harmony in the Whigs than was generally supposed.

  • John Calhoun letter to Thomas Clemson.

    Washington, MD - 10 December 1847

    The Whigs have a small, but appearantly decided majority in the House, and the Democrats a large, but not a very reliable majority in the Senate.

  • John Calhoun letter to Andrew Pickens Calhoun.

    Washington, MD - 11 December 1847

    You of course have seen the Message and the course it indicates to be pursued towards Mexico. The impression here is, that it is intended to conquor and subject the whole country.

  • letter to William Marcy.

    Mexico City, MEX - 17 December 1847

    Winfield Scott Mexican War Report No. 40

  • letter to William Marcy.

    Mexico City, MEX - 26 December 1847

    Winfield Scott Mexican War Report No. 41

  • John Calhoun letter to Anna Maria Calhoun.

    Washington, MD - 26 December 1847

    If they should be defeated, We may look for the entire conquest and subjugation of Mexico. What a fearful result it will be for our country and institutions!

  • Zachary Taylor letter to Henry Clay.

    Baton Rouge, LA - 28 December 1847

    I left Mexico after it was determined the column under my orders was to act on the defensive, and after the capital of the enemy had fallen into our hands, and their army dispersed, on a short leave of absence, to visit my family