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James Buchanan Family Papers, Part 3 James Buchanan Henry
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James Buchanan Family Papers, Part 3 James Buchanan Henry
Letter from J. B. Henry to Mary Hagner Nicholson expressing gratitude for a five-day interlude in his less than happy position as personal secretary to the President and is “disconsolate” after Mr. Scharff’s leaving on the Harriet Lane; provides intimate details of a conversations with Mr. Scharff about their opening a law office together in New York after his upcoming marriage and that all four will be happy together living in adjoining houses in a pleasant little town near Manhattan; renders an account of his entire life including the death of his parents, his college experiences, his passing the bar in Philadelphia and setting up a thriving office there before being called by the President to be his personal secretary, a post he hopes to vacate as soon as possible to return to law practice; and his relative freedom while James Buchanan and Harriet Lane go to Bedford for a retreat, leaving him free to visit Mary on the weekends. Envelope with most of the postmark removed with the stamps and addressed to Miss Mary H. Nicholson, Care Col. Nicholson, Annapolis, Maryland; also a blank invitation card of the President’s. Washington, D.C.
Custodial History
The James Buchanan Family Papers were collected by the James Buchanan Foundation for the Preservation of Wheatland. This collection was relocated from the Wheatland mansion to the LancasterHistory archives in the Spring of 2009. Digitization of the James Buchanan Family Papers was funded by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, PHMC Appl ID # 201808013051, 2019-2020.
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Henry, James Buchanan, 1833-1915
Buchanan, James
Henry, James Buchanan
Johnston, Harriet Lane
Nicholson, Joseph Hopper
Henry, Mary Hagner Nicholson
Scharff, Christian Henry
Henry, Harriet Buchanan
Henry, Robert
Personal correspondence
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Correspondence, Personal
Buchanan Collections
James Buchanan Presidential Library
3 items, 16 pages to scan, 6 x 7.25 in., 4.5 x 3.25 cm. and 6 x 3.5 in.
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Cross-hatch writing.
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JBFP Part 3 Series 1
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JBFP Part 3, Series 1, Subseries 1, Folder 8
LancasterHistory, Lancaster, PA
Archives South
JBFP Part 3, Box 1
Associated Material
James Buchanan Papers, Dickinson College Archives & Special Collections,
James Buchanan and Harriet Lane Johnston Papers, Library of Congress,
James Buchanan Papers, Historical Society of Pennsylvania,
James Buchanan Papers, Penn State University Libraries,
Related Item Notes
James Buchanan Family Papers
MG-96 James Buchanan Collection
Historical Society of Pennsylvania microfilm
Photograph collections
Curatorial collections
Wheatland Mansion
May 2020 PastPerfect Conversion
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