Letter to Thomas Ford, 1 January 1844

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Jan’y 1 1844
Gov.
Your Letter of the 12th Dec last is before me, and lest a wrong impression may be imbibed, or may have been cherished by your or his friends relative to the late disturbances of the mob in this section as well as the outrageous act of kidnapping two citizens of and my question whether I should call out any portion of the &c, let me say that there must have been a misconception of my idea as exprssd in the letter, <​and​> as backed up by the affidavit of Mr [Dellmore] Chapman. We have never talked of sending men to <​to fight​> no you can not ever compel a witness to go there much less an armed force, but as Col. (sworn to support the Constitution had then, and still has, (if I am correctly informed and the numerous affidavits are true) from one to three hundred men well armed with rifles, pistols bowie <​knives​> &c to guard himself from being taken by a warrant, now in the hands of some constable; as was affirmed, to kidnap a Mr Turner [p. [1]]
Jan’y 1 1844
Gov.
Your Letter of the 12th Dec last is before me, and lest a wrong impression may be imbibed, or may have been cherished by your or his friends relative to the late disturbances of the mob in this section as well as the outrageous act of kidnapping two citizens of and my question whether I should call out any portion of the &c, let me say that there must have been a misconception of my idea as exprssd in the letter, and as backed up by the affidavit of Mr Dellmore Chapman. We have never talked of sending men to to fight no you can not ever compel a witness to go there much less an armed force, but as Col. (sworn to support the Constitution had then, and still has, (if I am correctly informed and the numerous affidavits are true) from one to three hundred men well armed with rifles, pistols bowie knives &c to guard himself from being taken by a warrant, now in the hands of some constable; as was affirmed, to kidnap a Mr Turner [p. [1]]
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