Letter from John Wentworth, 25 May 1844

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May 25, 1844,
Gen Joseph Smith:
Dearsir:
I have, this day, done my best to get your petitition before the House. I had it read & Mr Joseph R Ingersoll, a leading whig from the State of , objected to its reception, which any one man has a right to do.
I then moved to suspend the rules so as to go into the Committee of the Whole on the bill. Had this motion prevailed, we could have taken <​up​> the contents of your petition, whilst the bill was under discussion, & got some expression upon them. But the motion was lost by less than ten votes. I will send you the ayes & noes that you may see who prefer surrendering to the British rather than pretect American settlers in going & in remaining there.
Your Obt Sevt
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May 25, 1844,
Gen Joseph Smith:
Dearsir:
I have, this day, done my best to get your petitition before the House. I had it read & Mr Joseph R Ingersoll, a leading whig from the State of , objected to its reception, which any one man has a right to do.
I then moved to suspend the rules so as to go into the Committee of the Whole on the bill. Had this motion prevailed, we could have taken up the contents of your petition, whilst the bill was under discussion, & got some expression upon them. But the motion was lost by less than ten votes. I will send you the ayes & noes that you may see who prefer surrendering to the British rather than pretect American settlers in going & in remaining there.
Your Obt Sevt
P.S. [p. [1]]
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