History, 1838–1856, volume C-1 [2 November 1838–31 July 1842]

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  • Historical Introduction
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<​March 24​> ended here— yesterday a resolution passed the Senate, that the Committee should be discharged; and that we might withdraw the accompanying papers, which I have [HC 4:98] done; I have also taken a copy of the Memorial, and want to be off for the West immediately— I have not gotten a letter from , although I have frequently written to him. I have received a letter from , stating that he was in the — and that he was calculating to have me come that way and go home with him, and also that he had business which he wanted me to attend to at the office here, When he last wrote, he stated that as yet he had no money to get home <​with​>, and I hardly know what course to take in regard to the matter. If I do not receive a letter in two or three days, I design leaving for or the West, There is one honest, quaker looking sort of a man, here by the name of William Green (instead of John Green as I stated in a letter to Brother Robinson) who has two Iron printing presses, with other things necessary, that would come to , provided you could find work for him, and inform him of the same, How much work there is to do I know not, therefore merely write that if such a man and establishment are wanted, you could easily obtain them, or would know where they could be obtained. He believes as much in our religion as any other, but not much in any— Yours in the Lord — P.S. I would just observe, that information has reached this place, through some of the Newspapers, that you have come out for Harrison; It is said that the Information came by some Gentlemen who obtained it from you, whilst in your company in passing through the State of Indiana. Another paper states that 1000 houses are to be built in this Season, which I hope is the truth. I would just observe (on the subject of our business) I am sorry had not insisted on the motion to print our papers, as it would have been opposed, then a speech from , and Mr. Preston would have been brought forth, as I have since learned; but I think it was a trick of the Senators to slide it along without making a noise, by its going to the Committee as it did, says he was anxious to have it brought before the Committee, but seemed disposed to let it slide along easily rather than run the risk of its being refused. If he had let those speeches been made, almost every one would have read them; which would have shamed (if there is any shame in her) and waked up the whole country, so that by another year Congress would do something for us— But there is no need of crying for spilt milk.
I have done all I could in this matter; depending on the good judgment of to legislate for us to the best advantage— I am inclined however to think if it was an error, it was one of the head, and not of the heart. [HC 4:99] <​of Fairhaven, Connecticut​> has addressed a letter to yourself, and myself which seems to be written with much good feeling — — — — — — — [p. 1039]
March 24 ended here— yesterday a resolution passed the Senate, that the Committee should be discharged; and that we might withdraw the accompanying papers, which I have [HC 4:98] done; I have also taken a copy of the Memorial, and want to be off for the West immediately— I have not gotten a letter from , although I have frequently written to him. I have received a letter from , stating that he was in the — and that he was calculating to have me come that way and go home with him, and also that he had business which he wanted me to attend to at the office here, When he last wrote, he stated that as yet he had no money to get home with, and I hardly know what course to take in regard to the matter. If I do not receive a letter in two or three days, I design leaving for or the West, There is one honest, quaker looking sort of a man, here by the name of William Green (instead of John Green as I stated in a letter to Brother Robinson) who has two Iron printing presses, with other things necessary, that would come to , provided you could find work for him, and inform him of the same, How much work there is to do I know not, therefore merely write that if such a man and establishment are wanted, you could easily obtain them, or would know where they could be obtained. He believes as much in our religion as any other, but not much in any— Yours in the Lord — P.S. I would just observe, that information has reached this place, through some of the Newspapers, that you have come out for Harrison; It is said that the Information came by some Gentlemen who obtained it from you, whilst in your company in passing through the State of Indiana. Another paper states that 1000 houses are to be built in this Season, which I hope is the truth. I would just observe (on the subject of our business) I am sorry had not insisted on the motion to print our papers, as it would have been opposed, then a speech from , and Mr. Preston would have been brought forth, as I have since learned; but I think it was a trick of the Senators to slide it along without making a noise, by its going to the Committee as it did, says he was anxious to have it brought before the Committee, but seemed disposed to let it slide along easily rather than run the risk of its being refused. If he had let those speeches been made, almost every one would have read them; which would have shamed (if there is any shame in her) and waked up the whole country, so that by another year Congress would do something for us— But there is no need of crying for spilt milk.
I have done all I could in this matter; depending on the good judgment of to legislate for us to the best advantage— I am inclined however to think if it was an error, it was one of the head, and not of the heart. [HC 4:99] of Fairhaven, Connecticut has addressed a letter to yourself, and myself which seems to be written with much good feeling — — — — — — — [p. 1039]
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