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  • April 1857

    04/20/2017 3:59:36 PM PDT · 80 of 96
    Homer_J_Simpson to Tax-chick; BroJoeK

    I see a few lines that will become strategic factors in the coming unrest. Most notably (from my recent reading) the east-west line that runs through extreme northern MS, AL, GA, and southern TN.

  • April 1857

    04/20/2017 4:51:06 AM PDT · 76 of 96
    Homer_J_Simpson to chajin; henkster; CougarGA7; BroJoeK; central_va; Larry Lucido; wagglebee; Colonel_Flagg; Amagi; ...
    Continued from April 18 (reply #65).

    April 20. Columbia College at two P.M. Fish brought up his resolutions, as modified. As to Hackley, they merely revoke our action of a month or two since whereby he was assigned to one of the two chairs into which the present department of mathematics is divided, that of astronomy. This was discussed at great length, Anderson twining subtle webs of ingenious plausibilities against it, and was carried, Anderson alone dissenting. As to McVickar, the resolutions proposed to make him emeritus professor and would have been carried without a dissenting voice had not King interposed and asked delay that McVickar might have the option of resigning if he preferred not to have a censure recorded against him. It seems that Hackley and McVickar are unconscious each of his own peril, but each is satisfied that the other is very inefficient and ought to be removed.* We met in the chapel, half-dismantled, its doors off the hinges, utterly cold and dreary; our last meeting in the poor old college building. One of the landmarks of the New York of old times is falling and perishing.

    * McVickar was actually dealt with more kindly than some of his critics has desired. His chair was split into three parts. He was kept on to teach the evidences of religion; Lieber was given the professorship of history and political science.

    The Diary of George Templeton Strong, Edited by Allan Nevins and Milton Halsey Thomas

  • April 1857

    04/18/2017 5:01:20 AM PDT · 65 of 96
    Homer_J_Simpson to chajin; henkster; CougarGA7; BroJoeK; central_va; Larry Lucido; wagglebee; Colonel_Flagg; Amagi; ...
    Continued from April 13 (reply #60).

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    The Diary of George Templeton Strong, Edited by Allan Nevins and Milton Halsey Thomas

  • April 1857

    04/18/2017 4:58:54 AM PDT · 64 of 96
    Homer_J_Simpson to chajin; henkster; CougarGA7; BroJoeK; central_va; Larry Lucido; wagglebee; Colonel_Flagg; Amagi; ...
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    Continued from December 23, 1856 (Reply #59)

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    Douglas Southall Freeman, Lee, an abridgement by Richard Harwell

  • April 1857

    04/13/2017 5:23:02 AM PDT · 60 of 96
    Homer_J_Simpson to chajin; henkster; CougarGA7; BroJoeK; central_va; Larry Lucido; wagglebee; Colonel_Flagg; Amagi; ...
    Continued from April 10 (reply #47).

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    The Diary of George Templeton Strong, Edited by Allan Nevins and Milton Halsey Thomas

  • April 1857

    04/10/2017 6:48:08 AM PDT · 47 of 96
    Homer_J_Simpson to chajin; henkster; CougarGA7; BroJoeK; central_va; Larry Lucido; wagglebee; Colonel_Flagg; Amagi; ...
    Continued from April 7 (reply #33).

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    The Diary of George Templeton Strong, Edited by Allan Nevins and Milton Halsey Thomas

  • April 1857

    04/08/2017 5:15:04 PM PDT · 45 of 96
    Homer_J_Simpson to colorado tanker; Tax-chick
    At least one thing has changed (from Harper's coverage of Buchanan's inaugural address):

    “The President next refers to the unexampled fact that the Government is embarrassed by a revenue largely exceeding its wants . . .”

  • April 1857

    04/08/2017 11:59:31 AM PDT · 40 of 96
    Homer_J_Simpson to colorado tanker; Tax-chick
    I've been trying to figure out what significance the Trinity Church business held for Thurlow Weed. I might have to get a biography of Weed to do that. Not likely to happen. I'm not even sure of why the proposed legislation was such a "heavy blow" to the church. (From the editors' note for the March 8 entry of G.T.S. diary, reupped below.) I guess an unfavorable outcome could have resulted in other churches in the diocese reaping the income from Trinity's assets. But I don't see that mentioned as being the case. It sounds like an in-house beef of the Episcopal Diocese of New York, so I don't know why the state legislature is even involved. It seems like a civil suit would be more in order. As for Weed and the bill, who knows? At this point he is already more concerned with getting William H. Seward nominated by the Republicans in 1860.

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  • April 1857

    04/07/2017 10:52:55 AM PDT · 37 of 96
    Homer_J_Simpson to colorado tanker; Tax-chick
    The fissures are interesting because they were all nominally on the same side - former Whigs who became Republicans.

    I'm not sure what Weed's object was in the matter being considered in Albany, or how it related to Republican policy, but Strong and Ruggles, as Trinity Church Episcopalians, no doubt saw it transcending party politics.

  • April 1857

    04/07/2017 4:56:32 AM PDT · 33 of 96
    Homer_J_Simpson to chajin; henkster; CougarGA7; BroJoeK; central_va; Larry Lucido; wagglebee; Colonel_Flagg; Amagi; ...
    Continued from March 23 (reply #62).

    April 7. Journal sorely neglected of late, but I have been working night after night well into the small hours. The Senate passed Brooks’s second substitute (not the Hawks plan) 19 to 12, at two this morning. Very bad. I hoped we should escape a vote against us by indefinite postponement, but Thurlow Weed is omnipotent. I can’t see how we can prevent his forcing the bill straight through the legislature. However, Mr. Ruggles in his letter of yesterday predicted it could not get through the legislature.

    The Diary of George Templeton Strong, Edited by Allan Nevins and Milton Halsey Thomas

  • April 1857

    04/06/2017 4:02:12 PM PDT · 32 of 96
    Homer_J_Simpson to colorado tanker; henkster; CougarGA7

    Speaking of WWII by day threads, on Twitter I started following @WWII75YearsOn, who posts daily updates. I reply every day with the same old threads and reach a new and appreciative audience. One regular reader is Manuel L. Quezon III, grandson of the wartime President of the Republic of the Philippines. If you tweet and want to do it all over again you can follow @WWII75YearsOn or me (@dwdeardorff).

  • April 1857

    04/05/2017 6:05:31 AM PDT · 22 of 96
    Homer_J_Simpson to Tax-chick

    Curious. Meagher does not appear in the index of the McDonough bio.

  • April 1857

    04/05/2017 4:52:37 AM PDT · 18 of 96
    Homer_J_Simpson to chajin; henkster; CougarGA7; BroJoeK; central_va; Larry Lucido; wagglebee; Colonel_Flagg; Amagi; ...
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    Continued from November 4, 1856 (reply #23). (Letter from Ellen Sherman to her mother referenced in footnotes 8 and 10 written on this date in 1857.)

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    James Lee McDonough, William Tecumseh Sherman: In the Service of My Country, A Life

  • April 1857

    04/04/2017 3:49:49 PM PDT · 16 of 96
    Homer_J_Simpson to colorado tanker

    That is great stuff. Thanks for taking the class on a virtual field trip.

  • April 1857

    04/03/2017 5:13:46 PM PDT · 13 of 96
    Homer_J_Simpson to Jim 0216
    Am I reading this right, that the other Justices including Curtis did not have access to a printed copy of the majority opinion?

    It reads to me like the associates knew substantially what was in the original opinion as Taney read it March 6 but did not have the complete text. And of course they had no way of knowing how he was revising it.

    Here's part of my March 6 excerpt from Fehrenbacher:

    . . . Taney did not finish the work [on his opinion] to his own satisfaction by March 6. The opinion that he delivered on that date would have to be revised before it went into the record.

  • April 1857

    04/02/2017 7:20:48 PM PDT · 9 of 96
    Homer_J_Simpson to Tax-chick; henkster

    That may partially explain why the distinguished gentleman gave up educating boys as a vocation and took to the law instead.

  • April 1857

    04/02/2017 5:46:02 AM PDT · 4 of 96
    Homer_J_Simpson to chajin; henkster; CougarGA7; BroJoeK; central_va; Larry Lucido; wagglebee; Colonel_Flagg; Amagi; ...
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    Continued from March 6 (reply #21).

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    Don E. Fehrenbacher, The Dred Scott Case: Its Significance in American Law and Politics" (1978)

  • April 1857

    04/01/2017 7:31:27 AM PDT · 2 of 96
    Homer_J_Simpson to chajin; henkster; CougarGA7; BroJoeK; central_va; Larry Lucido; wagglebee; Colonel_Flagg; Amagi; ...
    The Holy City – 1-15
    Monthly Record of Current Events * – 16-19
    Editor’s Drawer – 20-26
    The Inauguration – 27-28
    Fashions for February – 29-30

    * “The new tariff bill was adopted as a compromise between the separate bills prepared by the House and the Senate respectively.” Three House members were found guilty of corrupt practices and submitted their resignations.

    The inauguration of President Buchanan is described. In his inaugural address he covered the question of slavery in the territories and the danger of the dissolution of the Union.

    “The President next refers to the unexampled fact that the Government is embarrassed by a revenue largely exceeding its wants . . .”

    The President argues for construction of a military [rail]road to the Pacific.

    The new Cabinet members are named.

    A report on the Supreme Court decision on the Dred Scott case is presented, as is a report on events in Kansas.

    In GREAT BRITAIN fallout from the Crimean war continues in Parliament. Earl of Clarendon vs. Earl Grey, Mr. Disraeli vs. Lord Palmerston. Parliament also debated whether the charter of the Hudson Bay Company should be renewed.

    News of FRANCE and THE EAST concludes this section.

  • April 1857

    04/01/2017 7:29:05 AM PDT · 1 of 96
    Homer_J_Simpson
    Free Republic University, Department of History presents U.S. History, 1855-1860: Seminar and Discussion Forum
    Bleeding Kansas, Dred Scott, Lincoln-Douglas, Harper’s Ferry, the election of 1860, secession – all the events leading up to the Civil War, as seen through news reports of the time and later historical accounts

    First session: November 21, 2015. Last date to add: Sometime in the future.
    Reading: Self-assigned. Recommendations made and welcomed. To add this class to or drop it from your schedule notify Admissions and Records (Attn: Homer_J_Simpson) by reply or freepmail.

    Link to March 1857 thread

  • March 1857

    03/29/2017 8:40:17 AM PDT · 64 of 65
    Homer_J_Simpson to Jim 0216
    What is the significance of this Trinity Church in the scheme of things leading up to the Civil War?

    Nothing more than it happens to be near and dear to our correspondent from 160 years ago, George Templeton Strong. Although I guess one could say the recent involvement of Thurlow Weed is another connection. He will play a role in our drama as time goes on.