JS, Letter, , Hancock Co., IL, to , [, Sangamon Co., IL], 1 Jan. 1844; handwriting of ; dockets in handwriting of and an unidentified scribe; four pages; JS Collection, CHL.
“if the opens his mouth, they will punch a hole in him.” I say I have power to call upon any portion of the to resist them and keep the peace of the , and from the good opinion I have of your and the favorable reports from others of your s honorable intentions <to for> all Laudable citizens, and a high minded spirit to magnify the Law and make it efficent, I know I shall merit your sanction for honest endeav[or]s to keep the peace, and shall be boulstered up, by the s cordial co-operation in every move that is virtuous, patriotic, and wise.
I would say has just returned from about <nine> months prison service in and thou<gh> he has had to walk upon the burning plough share, with bare feet. they are unblistered. and his garments are unscorched: he has suffered innocently. who will not see the injustice of ? re’ced [received] an honorable acquittal from a Jury in the very hotbed of mobbery and violence. Mr [p. ]