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  1. Irving, Washington, 1783-1859.
    [Letter] 1842 April 5, New York [to] Kemble / Washington Irving.
    Irving fears that he will not see Kimble before he departs as minister to Spain. He explains that he has been in a turmoil of preparations for this "sudden and unexpected change in my life and pursuits." Irving states that his nephew Pierre will have his power of attorney, and that Kemble should pay him any interest that may accrue from the purchase. The recipient of the letter, Gouverneur Kemble, served as a Representative from New York from 1837 to 1841, later interested in promoting the Hudson River and Pacific Railroads. The youngest of 11 children, Irving grew up by the woods on the Hudson River, leaving his early career in law to write, travel, and fill diplomatic posts in Europe. He published a New York magazine Salmagundi (1807-1808) focusing on literature, drama, and politics, and then wrote the comic satire A History of New York (1809). While in Europe his The Sketch Book was published in New York in installments, including the popular tales of "Rip Van Winkle" and "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow." He was attached to the US embassy in Madrid in 1826 and London in 1829; in 1832 he returned to New York to write about the western frontier, and accepted a diplomatic post in Spain in 1842, returning to New York in 1846. By 1859 he finished the fifth volume of his biography of Washington.
  2. Jefferson, Thomas, 1743-1826.
    [Letter] June 16, Paris [to] Col. Smith / Thomas Jefferson.
    Jefferson makes financial arrangements to pay for a printing press and related equipment which he arranges to be sent to him in Paris. He asks his correspondent for news of America as he has not seen a report of Congress since October 10 or a letter from the Office of Foreign Affairs later than January. Jefferson further states that there is a "violent contest" between the king and parliament in France. Jefferson was active in the early republic as a member of the Continental Congress (1775-76, 1783-84), primary author of the Declaration of Independence (1776), Governor of Virginia (1779-81), Minister to France, Secretary of State under John Adams (1797-1801), and third President of the United States (1801-09). He also helped to found the University of Virginia and part of his library began the collection at the Library of Congress.
  3. Leonard, Nelson.
    [Postcard] [to] Dr. Owen, Appomattox, Virginia / Nelson Leonard.
    Leonard characterizes his trip through Leningrad and Moscow as "favourable and encouraging," praising the social services, industry and the busy populace. He has had the chance to speak with students there as well and has seen everything he could desire. Lehigh alumnus Nelson Leonard sent these letters to Owen during his Rhodes fellowship at Oxford before the war.
  4. Leonard, Nelson.
    [Letter] 1937 October 28, Lincoln College, Oxford [to] Dr. Owen / Nelson Leonard.
    Leonard states that he has just settled down and explains that he has been too busy to write sooner. He describes crossing the Atlantic: "the sea was rough and the winds high" but he managed to be a "good sailor." He says that since he first saw the cliffs of Cornwall, "England has been unfolding to me its new scenes and old wonders." He describes the landscape and his activities rowing at Oxford, singing in the choir, and bicycling the countryside. Leonard discusses his expenses and says that he will miss all his friends. Lehigh alumnus Nelson Leonard sent these letters to Owen during his Rhodes fellowship at Oxford before the war.
  5. Leonard, Nelson.
    [Letter] 1937 January 23, Oxford [to] Dr. Owen/ Nelson Leonard.
    Leonard wishes Owen a happy New Year and hopes that he is getting rested as the Rector Emeritus of Holy Trinity. Leonard reports that he recently spent "a glorious two weeks" in Austria, in touch with nature. He reports that he is learning to ski, playing squash, and recently enjoyed a typical English Christmas complete with plum pudding. He also reports that his chem lab is coming along, and he heard a lecture by the Archbishop of York. Lehigh alumnus Nelson Leonard sent these letters to Owen during his Rhodes fellowship at Oxford before the war.
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