Letter to Sylvester Bartlett, 22 May 1842, as Published in Wasp
JS, Letter, , Hancock Co., IL, to , [Editor of the Quincy Whig], [, Adams Co., IL], 22 May 1842. Version published in Wasp, 28 May 1842, vol. 1, no. 7, . For more complete source information, see the source note for Notice, 28 Apr. 1842.
Dear Sir:—In your paper (the Quincy Whig.) of the 21st inst. you have done me manifest injustice in ascribing to me a prediction of the demise of , Esq. Ex-Governor of , by violent hands. was a candidate for the State Senate, and I presume fell by the hand of a political opponent, with “his hands and face yet dripping with the blood of murder:” but he died not through my instrumentality. My hands are clean and my heart pure, from the blood of all men. I am tired of the misrepresentation, calumny and detraction, heaped upon me by wicked men: and desire and claim, only those principles guaranteed to all men by the constitution and laws of the , and of . Will you do me the justice to publish this communication and oblige