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Letter from Andrews of the 3rd Minnesota, held as a Confederate prisoner of war until October, 1862, to Donnelly regarding his election to Congress – November 30, 1862

Friday, November 30th, 2012

International Hotel St. Paul Nov. 30, 1862
My dear Sir:
Returning here last night from St. Cloud I felt a gratification in finding your kind note of the 20th instant. I am happy to be remembered by you. Am sincere, glad of your success in being elected to Congress, and have no doubt you will reflect great credit upon the state. Your parliamentary knowledge and experience will help to give you early distinction. I have been on cordial personal terms with three late speakers, Mr. Banks, Mr. Orr and Mr. Grow. Mr. Banks’ election I predicted to him more than a year before his election, as we were walking arm in arm down Pa. avenue.
I would recommend you to spend some time in Washington during the coming session of Congress in order to become acquainted with members of the next Congress. You would be appreciated more and your means of usefulness increased, by meeting somewhat known to the members, rather than as a stranger. Your chances for being speaker of the U.S. H. of Rep. sometime are good. I speak on these matters something as an expert having spent upwards of two years a close observer of public men in Washington. […]
Very truly yours
C.C. Andrews


Citation:  November 30, 1862 Letter from C.C. Andrews, Captain of the 3rd Regiment, to Lieutenant Governor Ignatius Donnelly, Correspondence November 1862. Ignatius Donnelly and family papers, 1812-1973. Minnesota Historical Society. [146.C.19.5B]

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Statuette of Joseph Nicollet

Friday, November 30th, 2012

Statuette of Joseph Nicollet

Miniature version  of a Joseph Nicollet memorial sculpture cast by Paul Theodore Granlund in 1985.   The bronze statuette consists of a cylindrical base supporting a bronze likeness of geographer and explorer Joseph Nicollet (1786-1843) peering through a surveying instrument that frames his figure.  The full-size sculpture sits on the campus of Gustavus Adolphus College in Saint Peter, Minnesota.

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Doll dresser

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

Doll dresser

Wooden doll dresser made by cabinetmaker Jacob Gengnagel of Wabasha, Minnesota for his daughter, Katherine, circa 1874.  The dresser has three drawers, carved wooden handles and an attached pivoting mirror.

For details, view the dresser in our online collections database.

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Letter to Alexander Ramsey regarding appointment of chaplain of the 7th Regiment and a letter from Eleanor C. Donnelly to her brother Ignatius regarding his election to the U.S. House of Representatives – November 29, 1862

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

Head Quarters Indian Post
Camp Lincoln Nov 29 1862
His Excell’y Alex. Ramsey
Govr of Minnesota
[…] The act of Congress of July 22nd 1861, see sec. 9 page 521, Army Regulations; says that the commanding officer shall appoint the Chaplain over the vote of the field and Company officers present. My first and only choice was a gentleman of a different denomination, and of different political prejudices from Mr. Olds. But the law gives me no discretion in the premises, and my duties are merely executive.
Notwithstanding this, I went beyond the line of my duty and (as I should have done with any minister not intimately known to me) addressed several close and searching interrogatories to Mr. Olds, which he has answered in existing as loyally and satisfactorily as any man in the state could have done. I have his most solemn observance over his signature, that he “is earnestly in favor of the perpetuity of the Union, and the suppression of the rebellion; – and that he will in this extremity, administer to the men of my command, the sacraments, and all the comforts of our holy religion, simply show their giving evidence of sincere repentance for sin, and expressing a hope of mercy through the Redeemer, without requiring any other conditions whatever. […]
Very Respfy Your obt Servt
Stephen Miller Col 7 Min

Citation:  November 29, 1862, Letter from Col. Stephen Miller at Camp Lincoln to Governor Ramsey, Appointments: Military—Infantry—7th Regt. Minnesota: Governor: Ramsey. Records. Minnesota Historical Society. State Archives. Minnesota Historical Society. [111.E.20.3B]
Letter from Nellie to her brother Ignatius Donnelly
534 Vine St. Nov 29th 1862
My Dear Ig,
[…] It is scarcely necessary for me to say how entirely or how warmly I rejoice in your success. I had not a doubt of it for a moment. I rested as severely on my inward conviction that your nomination would be confirmed as if it had been made the matter of a special revelation. Do not say that the U.S. Senatorship is the limit of your ambition. It is not like you. The limit I would set for you would stretch at least to that cosy arm chair in the White House wherein ye harassed Abraham sitteth at present and dictates unto a nation!
I have it all laid out for you – Let us see if our notions clash. A U.S. Senatorship – then a foreign ministry – then a return to the old soil with your “blushing (diplomatic) honors thick upon you:”* and then – then a supreme Secretaryship (of something), with a Presidential campaign looming in the probable distance. Hear the Sybil** speak! I feel that you can scarcely go to Washington and open your month in the House without making a sensation and a mark, as well as a speech. […]
Affectionately as ever Your sister
Eleanor C. Donnelly.


*Eleanor quotes a line spoken by Cardinal Wolsey in Shakespeare’s Henry VIII, Act 3, scene 2:
“So farewell to the little good you bear me.
Farewell! a long farewell, to all my greatness!
This is the state of man: to-day he puts forth
The tender leaves of hopes; to-morrow blossoms,
And bears his blushing honours thick upon him;”

http://www.opensourceshakespeare.org

**Sybil: prophetess or oracle

http://www.thefreedictionary.com/Sybil+(oracle)

Citation:  November 29, 1862 Letter from Nellie Donnelly to Lieutenant Governor Ignatius Donnelly, Correspondence November 1862. Ignatius Donnelly and family papers, 1812-1973. Minnesota Historical Society. [146.C.19.5B]

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Letter to Governor Alexander Ramsey from George E. Day regarding the appointment of a soldier in the 1st Minnesota – November 28, 1862

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

(Confidential)
Washington D.C.
Nov 28th 1862
Gov. Ramsay  Your esteemed favor of the 22nd instant is received this morning. I have retained the original letter signed by Col. Morgan and several other officers and the letter of Gen. Gorman hoping to get Henry a temporary place here until you could appoint him Lieutenant or Captain when would be here recruited in spirits and health and ready again to enter the service.
You see what Genl Gorman says of him as a drill officer just what the new regiments need and the men the privates of the 1st Regiment who are well qualified by natural abilities have become veterans and by experience are qualified and he is now well qualified for the command of a company but [Goseman] He is steady and better qualified by education, natural and acquired abilities for the Command of a company or Regiment than the officer whose opinion you are consulting about him.
When you get the letter it seems to me you will not hesitate nor wait for any other from Col. Morgan. I have the honor to be your obedient Servant.
George E. H Day

Citation: November 28, 1862, Letter from George E. Day, Appointments Military—Infantry—1st Regt. Minnesota: Governor: Ramsey. Records. Minnesota Historical Society. State Archives. Minnesota Historical Society. [111.E.20.3B]

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Charles E. Furness

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

Charles E. Furness

Charles Eliot Furness and a companion pose for a tintype photograph in 1873.  Furness married Marion Ramsey, daughter of Minnesota governor Alexander Ramsey, in 1875.  He died on January 22, 1907 in Rochester, Minnesota.

For details, view the tintype in our online collections database.

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Hmong rice steamer

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

Hmong rice steamer

Rice steamer (in Hmong,  lauj ncuab ncus mov or pot making rice) consisting of two parts:  a spittoon-like aluminum vessel and a woven bamboo basket in an elongated cone shape. Purchased in 1995 and used by members of the Hmong community in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

For details, view the rice steamer in our online collections database.

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Letter to Ignatius Donnelly from Fred Driscoll regarding Alfred B. Webber and the clerkship of the Minnesota Legislature and a letter from J. S. Sawyer of Chatfield, Minnesota regarding a judicial appointment – November 27, 1862

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

“Strictly Private”
Office of the St. Paul Daily Union
F. Driscoll, editor and publisher
St. Paul, Nov 27th 1862
[…] In regard to Webber, my advice would be, not to commit yourself. It was determined at a meeting of select friends some 10 days since to hold all action in obeyance in regard to the clerkship of the Legislature until we came together and compared notes. Whether Webber’s influence could help us much, if any, is a question in my mind: what little he did here, I think he lost last summer by his ridiculously foolish course on the Congressional question. You make a positive statement that, “the delegation from Dailey’s district is anti-Aldrich” It may be so, but I am inclined to think they are not opposed to the Col. Still, Dailey will have to be manipulated, and he will be shrewd enough to be able to carry his two representatives with him. He regards politics as a trade, has no particular affection for Webber, and I have no doubt matters can be so arranged, that when the time comes he will work with us. I think you had better write him a “diplomatic” letter.
[…] Ever yours
F. Driscoll

Citation:  November 27, 1862 Letters from Fred Driscoll and J. S. Sawyer to Lieutenant Governor Ignatius Donnelly, Correspondence November 1862. Ignatius Donnelly and family papers, 1812-1973. Minnesota Historical Society. [146.C.19.5B]

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Civilian Conservation Corps trunk

Monday, November 26th, 2012

Civilian Conservation Corps trunk

Trunk and memorabilia used by Raphael John Buskowiak while he was enrolled in the United States Civilian Conservation Corps (C.C.C.) in Lake City and Plainview, Minnesota between 1938 and 1940. Inside the trunk are two photographs of Buskowiak, a blue felt pennant with the C.C.C. logo, a colored photographic reproduction of actress Deanna Durbin, a postcard printed with the phrase “Fishing is Good Here”, and a C.C.C. unit certificate awarded to Buskowiak for completing orientation.

For details, view the trunk in our online collections database.

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Letter from T. M. Metcalf to Ignatius Donnelly regarding the recent election and the reason the Republicans did poorly in Ramsey County – November 26, 1862

Monday, November 26th, 2012

St. Paul Nov 26 1862
Hon. I. Donnelly
Dear Sir- […] The apathy of Republicans in this Co. contributed somewhat to the unfavorable result here, and that apathy was created to some degree by the schism in new ranks. I may be uncharitable – but I have a conviction that the “Anti Ramsey” wing of our party welcomed an overwhelming defeat as being a tangible demonstration of Ramsey’s incapacity and mismanagement.
At any rate there was no enthusiasm or ardor among our friends – they derided the polls large numbers that we know of did not vote at all – the candidates were the only active men we had and they could not do much in such a chilly condition of the political atmosphere. […]


Citation: November 26, 1862 Letter from T. M. Metcalf to Lieutenant Governor Ignatius Donnelly, Correspondence November 1862. Ignatius Donnelly and family papers, 1812-1973. Minnesota Historical Society. [146.C.19.5B]

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