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Title:[Letter] 1844 Aug. 1, Columbia [Tennessee, to] J[oh]n Heiss, Nashville, Tennessee / James K. Polk: a machine readable transcription of an image
Author:Polk, James K.

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Date: August 1, 1844
Extent: 2p
Summary:This is a letter from James K. Polk to John Heiss, dated August 1, 1844. Polk asks Heiss to devote a larger section of the Union newspaper (of which Heiss is editor) to political matters in anticipation of the upcoming elections.
Collection:Heiss Papers

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Columbia Augt [August] 1st 1844--
[added: (confidential)]My Dear Sir:

Your letter of the 29th ulto [ultimo] is at hand. I had anticipated your views in my letter to you of yesterday._ which I sent under cover to Genl [General] Armstrong ,-- lest it might fall into the hands of some one else in your office,__

I had also written to Laughlin and [unclear: received ] his answer on yesterday. He says he is desirous to have Mr Harris 's aid. I think he prefers to remain,__ but will be entirely willing that Harris should lay hold with him,__ and make the Union__ such a paper as the crisis demands.__ Harris is ready at a moments notice. Let it therefore be done. The two can & will make [added: The Union] the great paper of the country for the next 90__ days_ and this is what it ought to be. Both Laughlin & Harris can be well employed their whole time in making it a powerful organ. Let it be done.__ you cannot imagine the importance I attach to it.__ It is indeed indispensible [indispensable]__ that fire & spirit & power should be thrown into [added: it] The Nashville

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Whig press must be boldly & promptly [unclear: met ] at every point & driven back__ by exposing their falsehoods & [unclear: misrepresentations ] ._ Can you not in the emergency and for the next 90 days spare more space in the union for political matter._ This is important if you can possibly do it, as I hope you can.__

In haste
your friend
James K Polk
Majr Jno [Major John] P Heiss } Nashville Tennessee }

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