Jan 6th (1840
Your letter of the 19th ult came to hand ten days after date, immediately after which, I called in many of the prominent members of the Democratick party, with a view to unite them and their influence in your behalf; all of which expressed a willingness to aid in bringing about justice.
But, I regret to inform you that but few have exhibited that energy in the matter which might reasonably be expected from all lovers of liberty and advocates of equal rights.
Your energetick friends were first of the opinion that an effort ought to be made by our Legislature to memorialize our Reppre sentatives in Congress to use all honorable means to ac complish your desires; But after holding a consul tation it was believed that such a course would create a party strife here, and consequently opperate against you in Congress; Therefore it was agreed that as many as had friends in Congress should write to them immediately, desiring their aid in your behalf. If convenient, you will please write again [p. 94]