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  • "The chief importance of the collection is its useful information about American political philosophy and intellectual history for the mid-nineteenth century and Lieber's role in the transfer of European ideas to America."
  • "Other persons represented include Lieber's wife Matilda Oppenheimer Lieber, Hamilton's wife Hetty, and his daughter Mary. Correspondents include Henry Clay, Dorothea Dix, John England, A. H. Everett, Edward Everett, Henry Hallam, James Hamilton, James H. Hammond, Wade Hampton III, Joseph Henry, George S. Hillard, Samuel Gridley Howe, Hugh Swinton Legare, Henry W. Longfellow, Benson John Lossing, James McFarlane Mathews, Joel R. Poinsett, William H. Prescott, William C. Preston, and Joseph Story."
  • "Topics discussed include state and national politics; issues related to university and campus life; antebellum sectional tensions, the secession crisis, Civil War; Copperhead movement in the North; the death of his son, Oscar, while fighting for the Confederacy, National Democratic Convention of 1866, etc. Letter, 4 February 1841 (Columbia, S.C.) from Lieber to Justice Joseph Story (1779-1845) of the United States Supreme Court. Francis Lieber (1798-1872), forwarding an inquiry from Carl Joseph Anton Mittermaier (1787-1867), Professor of Law at the University of Heidelberg, noting books loaned to Story and inquiring as to their whereabouts as Mittermaier needed them for his "work on the present state of criminal science." Lieber then offers lofty praise for Mittermaier and his important work, summarizing, that there were "very few, I believe, possessed of greater capability, both moral and scientific, to aid it, than our excellent friend.""
  • "Places represented include Charleston, Columbia, and Pendleton, and York, S.C.; Boston; Charlottesville, Va.; New York; Newport, R.I.; Philadelphia; Washington, D.C.; and other U.S. locations; and Berlin and elsewhere in Germany and Europe."

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