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University of Pittsburgh University Library System Digital Research Library

Works: 4 works in 4 publications in 1 language and 6 library holdings
Genres: History  Diaries  Conference papers and proceedings 
Classifications: HQ18.S65, 306.70947
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Program of the annual convention by League of Cities of the Third Class in Pennsylvania( )

in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Diaries of Robert McKnight by Robert McKnight( )

in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

McKnight's personal diaries are in the form of two bound volumes. The first volume of the diary begins on January 1, 1842 and ends on December 31, 1843, while the second volume begins on February 18, 1846, and ends on May 29, 1847. The diaries give detailed glimpses into the daily life of a rising lawyer from a well-to-do family in the nineteenth century. McKnight is diligent about recording his activities and reactions to events that garner local and national attention, also commenting on personal matters, such as births, deaths, parties, social calls, and marriages of family and friends. In both volumes McKnight details the routines of daily life, discussing his work habits, mealtimes, naps, bathing and grooming habits, books he read, hours spent riding his horse, Tip; and other details. Simple tasks are recorded, as are descriptions of illnesses, particularly his father's, whom he writes of caring for; home remedies; and trips to the dentist. McKnight also makes references to prominent families in the Pittsburgh area. Names such as Biddle, Darlington, Denny, Bakewell, Bayard, Herron, Wilkins, Phillips, Knox, Ormsby, McCandless, O'Hara, Scully, Acheson, and so on, make regular appearances in his entries. McKnight regularly speaks of working for Richard Biddle and preparing to take the bar. He describes the transcription of depositions, General O'Hara's will, and watching courtroom proceedings. Descriptions of his studies, with topics such as "Payment of Debt," and of new laws, such as the Bankrupt Law, are included in the diary. He marks important events, noting when he passes the bar, his first appearance in court, and his unanimous election as solicitor for the Bank of Pittsburgh. Observations are made on the state of the country, such as remarking about the distress facing banks at the time, as evidenced by the closure of some banks in Philadelphia. At one point McKnight remarks, "Our legislative assemblies are filled with bullies, blacklegs, & assassins," after reading of numerous arguments between members of the House of Representatives. Comments are also made on the war between the United States and Mexico in 1846. Scandals that shocked society do not go without mention. Many references are made to one of the biggest scandals of the day, Mary Croghan's elopement to Captain Edward Schenley and their subsequent flight from the United States to England. The elopement was so well known and scandalous that Mary, whose social status allowed her to request an audience with the Queen, was denied presentation at court due to her actions. McKnight writes that Mary was a student at the school of Mrs. McLeod, on Staten Island, and the "man who took Mary away" was her nephew. McKnight remarks that Mrs. McLeod must have "countenanced & abetted the whole affair as Miss Croghan was worth in her own right over $1.000.000, and such a sweet morsel was not to be caught everyday." He notes that lawmakers eventually passed legislation, prepared by Biddle, giving Mr. Croghan the ability to pass his daughter's estate directly on to her children, cutting Captain Schenley out of any inheritance. McKnight frequently writes of well-known figures that capture his interest, remarking on the activities of Washington Irving and Charles Dickens. He reports meeting Dickens at the Exchange Hotel in Pittsburgh, includes observations of Dickens and his wife, and his conversations with them. McKnight was a member of the Henry Clay Club and frequently remarks about his admiration for the statesman. In regards to personal matters, McKnight describes his marriage proposal to Elizabeth Denny, and one of the final entries details the day of their May 27th wedding. In this entry McKnight provides a detailed diagram of the wedding party's positions during the ceremony
Papers of James Wilkinson by James Wilkinson( )

in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

The collection mainly consists of letters from James Wilkinson to his friend Samuel H. Smith, a major general in the Maryland Militia during the War of 1812 and United States senator and representative from Maryland. It is in these letters that Wilkinson is the most open, with frank comments about his foes in the territorial government, as well as about Burr and his allies, and the conspiracy trial. An example of Wilkinson's candidness can be seen in a postscript in a letter dated December 10, 1806. In it he writes, "I shall live to laugh at my vile detractors as I have done all my life -- and after being crowned Emperor of Mexico, in place of Burr, I will return to spend the eve of my life in my native state and not far from Baltimore." In another letter dated June 20, 1807, he forthrightly states that he believes the conspiracy trial will not last more than four months, as Burr will attempt to flee justice. In the same letter, Wilkinson remarks that he believes an assassination attempt will be made on his own life. Many of the letters reference Wilkinson's ongoing political conflicts with Return J. Meiggs, a politician from Ohio and judge in the Louisiana and Michigan territories; Judge John B.C. Lucas, chief justice of the Louisiana Territory; and Samuel Hammond, a member of the armed forces and Georgia state senator. Lucas served as a congressman from 1803 until he replaced Wilkinson as civil and military governor of the upper Louisiana Territory in 1805. Wilkinson often writes of his thoughts on political and military matters, discussing tensions with England and talk of an embargo against them, which would become the Embargo Act in December, 1807. The letters also frequently refer to Aaron Burr and detail Wilkinson's involvement in the ensuing conspiracy trial from his point of view. The first letter in the collection introduces a friend, John Coburn, to the governor of the District of Natchez, Manuel Gayoso. Wilkinson's papers contain a copy of a letter from Andrew Jackson to Claiborne. In it, Jackson warns Claiborne to guard against internal and external enemies, which refers to Wilkinson as "the General." There is also a letter from Harman Blennerhassett, a wealthy Irish immigrant who was one of Burr's co-conspirators, to a Dr. Wallace. In this letter, Blennerhassett requests the retrieval and shipment of personal effects left behind after his attempted escape and capture for his involvement in the Burr conspiracy. James Brown, who was appointed attorney for the United States in New Orleans by Thomas Jefferson, writes personally to Wilkinson. Brown's letter covers political matters and Wilkinson's professional struggles. Envelopes do not accompany the letters and in some cases the addressee is not known. In one instance, denoted by brackets around the name, it has been assumed that the recipient of the letter is Samuel H. Smith, as at that time he was a confidant of Wilkinson and was in frequent correspondence with him
Sexual revolution in Bolshevik Russia by Gregory Carleton( )

1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Sexual Revolution in Bolshevik Russia offers a comprehensive literary and cultural history of sex and society in the Soviet Union during the 1920s. The Bolshevik Revolution promised a total transformation of Russian society, down to its most intimate details. But in the years immediately following 1917, it was by no means clear how this would come about. Sex and sexuality became a crucial battleground for debates about the Soviet future, and literature emerged as a primary domain through which sex could be imagined and discussed." "Drawing on an uncommonly varied body of sources, including novels, journals, diaries, sociological research, public health brochures, surveys, and party documents - many examined here for the first time in English - Gregory Carleton reveals the dramatic, bizarre, and intriguing ways the sexual revolution was discussed and represented. Amidst this chaos, he discerns a historical process of codification and reaction, leading ultimately to the quelling of debate in the 1930s through the harsh dictates of Stalinism."--Jacket
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Sexual revolution in Bolshevik Russia