Tennessee Documentary History
  Multiple Collection Search     View bookbag 
your bookbag has 0 items 


Title:[Letter] 1838 Jan. 30 Washington City [to] Adam Fergusson / W. B. Campbell : a machine readable transcription of an image
Author:Campbell, W. B.
Availability:

This work is the property of the Tennessee State Library and Archives, Nashville, TN. It may be used freely by individuals for research, teaching, and personal use as long as this statement of availability is included in the text. For all other use contact the Tennessee State Library and Archives, 403 Seventh Avenue North, Nashville, TN 37243-0312. (615) 741-2764.

Date: January 30, 1838
Extent: 4p
Summary:This is a letter from W. B. Campbell to Adam Fergusson, dated January 30, 1838. Campbell writes that he is sending information requested for by Fergusson. He writes about a possible scandal involving Congressmen J. F. H. Claiborne and Samuel Jameson Gholson in the Mississippi election. He also writes about the Congressional session, pension laws, and the National Bank question.
Collection:Fergusson Papers
Box:IV-G-1 b2
Folder:10
Document:sl308
Keywords:




Page [1]  view page image

Washington City January 30. 1838
My Dear Sir,

I here transmit you the information which I have obtained from Richmond in relation to the cases [added: about] which you had addressed me,_ I send you the information that you may make any other suggestions about the cases which may have been overlooked or not attended to_

I have transmitted you a copy of all the laws, & resolutions &c [and etcetera] in relation to the revolutionary soldiers &c_ I could not obtain a copy of a list of pensioners, as the list you said was published by order of the Senate & there is no copy remaining,_ I will try & procure you a list if I can_

We are engaged in the House of Rep. [Representative] on the Mississippi election, and hope to




Page [2]  view page image

have the vote taken upon it tommorrow [tomorrow] I calculated that the party in power will retain Gholson & Claiborne , contrary to the decision of the people of Mississippi at their regular election. This if [unclear: done ] will be one of the most flagrant acts of corruption ever perpetrated by a deleberative [deliberative] assembly. But Party spirit is carried to such an extent, that I [unclear: begin to tremble for ] institutions_ The [unclear: Sub-Treasury ] is again before both branches of congress in a more objectionable form than as introduced at the call session. We are all who are in the opposition to that measure very confident that it will not pass, and are much gratified that our legislature have expressed their opinion against it It is a measure that should be opposed by every exertion. And every expression of opinion by deliberation assemblies, by [unclear: primal ] assemblies of the people & by individuals by letters [unclear: &c ] have their influence in a government




Page [3]  view page image

organized as our is as yet, and it should have great influence, for I am a true believer in the right of the people to instruct, and the duty of the [unclear: agent ] to obey._ The resolution which you mentioned as having been introduced in the Senate has not yet passed that body nor reached our house,_ I should be decidedly in favour [favor] of altering or amending the law as you have stated so as to embrace the cases you named we will try at this session to have the pension law extended to the soldiers of the Indian wars_ down to 1795 I Know not whether it will succeed_ I hope it may_ I think we can certainly amend the pension law so as to embrace the widows who were married during the Revolution._ Let me hear from you often. I can get any information you may want from Richmond




Page [4]  view page image

& will do so with great pleasure_ Let me know the [unclear: news of ] my own native [unclear: hill ] country_ the sweetest spot on the earth, with all its [unclear: homeliness ]_

With great respect your Obt Svt [Obedient Servent]
WB Campbell
Adam Ferguson [Fergusson] Eqr [Esquire]



A product of DLPS
To comment or inquire about content, contact UTK Special Collections
To report errors, contact UTK Special Collections