Letter from John B. Weber, 6 January 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]
John B. Weber, letter, Springfield, IL, to JS and “Associates,” Washington DC, 6 Jan. 1840; handwriting of Howard Coray; in JS Letterbook 2, pp. 94–95; JS Collection, CHL.