Thoughts on the War between Great Britain & America  1776-1778
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   Container / Location    Title
Box   34, Small Collections  
Dennis McElhone letters [series]:
Folder   28  
  1860 February 16 . Dennis McElhone ALS to Andrew B. Cochran; Washington, D.C. (4 pages)
Recent arrival in Washington and intent to remain for 2 years. Appointment as assistant messenger under "Colonel Forney." Will work in the Library of Congress. Job duties, salary, and vacation allotment. Actress Maggie Mitchell. Attendance at party given by Forney. High cost of board in Washington.
 
  1860 February 28 . Dennis McElhone ALS to Andrew B. Cochran; Washington, D.C. (4 pages)
Disapproval of Cochran's inebriation. Intention to refrain from intoxication, though not from alcohol altogether. Description of acquaintances' plot to dissuade John Githens from unwelcome advances toward Anna Bernard with a false announcement of Bernard's marriage. Githens purportedly fathered a child with a woman in Fishtown.
 
  1860 March 20 . Dennis McElhone ALS to Andrew B. Cochran; Washington, D.C. (1 page)
Plans for upcoming visit to Baltimore, Maryland.
 
  1860 April 7 . Dennis McElhone ALS to Andrew B. Cochran; Washington, D.C. (1 page)
Has not received replies to recent letters. "If this is not what you might call a drunken letter I will be d-----d."
 
  1860 April 14 . Dennis McElhone ALS to Andrew B. Cochran; Washington, D.C. (4 pages)
Description and opinion of acquaintance's request to borrow $10.
 
  1860 April 19 . Dennis McElhone ALS to Andrew B. Cochran; Washington, D.C. (4 pages)
Opinion of aimless men, including the acquaintance who recently sought a loan. Intention to build a good reputation. Washington full of delegates headed for Democratic convention in Charleston, South Carolina. Expectation that Stephen Douglas will win Democratic Party nomination for President: "That the Democratic Party will succeed, with him as their standard bearer, is beyond the certainty of a doubt." Douglas will unite Democrats, including extremist Southerners. Disapproval of acquaintances' behavior. Intention to travel to Bellefonte, Pennsylvania, during Congressional recess.
Folder   29  
  1860 May 4 . Dennis McElhone ALS to Andrew B. Cochran; Washington, D.C. (1 page)
Philadelphia election results: Robbins defeated and Henry elected. "Black Republican" procession in Philadelphia.
 
  1860 May 12 . Dennis McElhone ALS to Andrew B. Cochran; Washington, D.C. (4 pages)
Controversy over Philadelphia election results. Expectation that Douglas will be Democratic presidential nominee, and importance of Southern Democrats' acceptance of Douglas. Despite funding the government, "free white and enlightened" Northerners must "submit to Southern dictation and tyranny." Southerners' actions driving Democrats to the Republican Party. Would vote for any Republican except Simon Cameron. Opinion of Cameron. Expectation that Seward will be the Republican nominee. Upcoming visit from Japanese embassy. Letterhead with pictures of a patriotic seal and the United States Capitol.
 
  1860 June 6 . Dennis McElhone ALS to Andrew B. Cochran; Washington, D.C. (1 page)
Correspondence with acquaintances. Expectation of excitement at upcoming Baltimore convention. Letterhead with images of a patriotic seal and the United States Capitol.
 
  1860 June 29 . Dennis McElhone ALS to Andrew B. Cochran; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (3 pages)
Recent travels and travel plans. Intention to travel into the mountains during three-month vacation. Attended convention in Baltimore.
 
  1860 July 23 . Dennis McElhone ALS to Andrew B. Cochran; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (1 page)
Correspondence habits. Possibility of meeting an acquaintance at Wilmington. Intention to travel to Pottsville.