This group of sixteen letters of unknown ownership and whereabouts were copied on 19 July 1937 by F. A. Henry, American Consulate, Melbourne, Australia. Whether he owned the letters is not clear.
Letter 1. Letter from James Buchanan to James Buchanan Henry concerning family financial matters including Harriet’s loss in the stock market. Wheatland. 3 November 1863. Letter 2. Letter from James Buchanan to James Buchanan Henry following up on letter of November 3. Wheatland. 4 November 1863.
Letter 3. Letter from James Buchanan to James Buchanan Henry discussing the power of Congress to issue paper currency and the financial matters of family and Miss Hetty. Wheatland. 22 April 1864.
Letter 4. Letter from James Buchanan to James Buchanan Henry praising Miss Lane’s cooking, some financial matters, and the publication of his book. Wheatland. 29 September 1865. Letter 5. Letter from James Buchanan to James Buchanan Henry doubting the truth of Mrs. David Lynch’s contention that her daughter, Isabella, ought to be move from the convent to home because of illness, asking for money for the trip and some other financial matters. Wheatland. 2 March 1866. Letter 6. Letter from James Buchanan to James Buchanan Henry inquiring about the removal of Miss Lynch from the convent; complaining about the “pegging away” of her mother, who “might not be in her right mind”; Mr. Schell’s silence; Harriet in Cuba; and financial matters. Wheatland. 12 March 1866 Letter 7. Letter from James Buchanan to James Buchanan Henry commenting on the poor performance of his household staff, financial matters, Miss Hetty’s relationship with others, Andrew Johnson’s poor selection of cabinet members, and how the South should be treated. Wheatland. 16 March 1866. Letter 8. Letter from James Buchanan to James Buchanan Henry concerning rents, deeds, the marriage of the O’Neal sisters, and travel to Baltimore after voting. Wheatland. 4 October 1866.
Letter 9. Letter from James Buchanan to James Buchanan Henry praising his handling of the Leonard affair, his visit to Baltimore, visiting Harriet and the Johnston family, and mention of visits from Mrs. Ellis and the James Shunk family. Wheatland. 10 November 1866.
Letter 10. Letter from James Buchanan to Cornelius Vanderbilt introducing James Buchanan Henry. Wheatland. 13 December 1866.
Letter 11. Letter from James Buchanan to Mrs. Robert Walsh introducing James Buchanan Henry. Wheatland. 9 January . Missing.
Letter 12. Letter from James Buchanan to James Buchanan Henry hoping for a visit from him and Mr. Schell at Christmas, present visitors, and financial matters. Wheatland. 14 December 1867.
Letter 13. Letter from James Buchanan to James Buchanan Henry desiring to buy some prints from Mr. Buttre, financial affairs, and the “Murillo affair.” Wheatland. 7 February 1868.
Letter 14. Letter to James Buchanan from J. C. Buttre quoting prices for prints. Wheatland. 25 January 1868.
Letter 15. Letter from James Buchanan to James Buchanan Henry enclosing repayment for prints bought and other financial matters. Wheatland. 15 February 1868.
Letter 16. Letter to James Buchanan Henry from [Harriet Lane] concerning the borrowing of jewels, Confederate raids, Miss Hetty, Robert [Magrainy] and others at the party. Wheatland. 22 August 1864.
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.
James Buchanan Papers, Penn State University Libraries,
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