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Title:[Letter] 1849 Oct. 19, Trenton, Tennessee [to] Isaac B Williams / James M Moore : a machine readable transcription of an image
Author:Moore, James M

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Date: October 19, 1849
Extent: 2p
Summary:This is a letter dated October 19, 1849 from James M. Moore to Isaac B. Williams. In the letter, Moore consoles Williams over his defeat in an election while verbally chastising the political system that facilitated his demise. Moore denounces the corrupt, and secretive methods of the power brokers who control elections, and favors giving power to the people through democracy.
Collection:Fitzgerald - Williams - Greer Papers

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Trenton Tenn [Tennessee]
Octr [October] 19th 1849Isaac B. Williams Esq [Esquire] . My Dear Sir

I have just travelled from the P.O [Post] office and taken my coffee (supper) and now sit down in my office -. the Nashville mail came in on this morning, which informed us of your defeat. I dont know when I have been so much out of humor and so profoundly disgusted -. God forbid that you should let it effect your mind any more than the smallest storm would in comparison affect the physical system -. Blot it out and go straight forward never Taking so much as a second thought about it -. The fellows, yes the fellows have done what they could to shake & [unclear: jeopard ] a great & vital interest of this community, wherein, It is to be feared, they have but too well succeeded, and at the same time endeavored to prostrate you -. I congratulate you my friend, that, you stand beyond the reach of that Kennel when not even so much as their yelping & whining may be heard by you, to remind you of their existence. I am out of humor my friend -. how long yet, ah how long, before God will give to the children of men, pure hearts & clean hands. well I am discouraged and disgusted at some parts of the workings of our Political machinery -. I believe I feel prepared now to take power from irresponsible & filthy hands, and give it directly to the people -. again I repeat, look not neither to the right or left, nor even behind you but go forward

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If I am not mistaken this deed will be considered before another tribunal, that will give your interests and impetus, that will be beyond the power of our irresponsible and depraved legislative Body to control - sir, I am ashamed of this Political Party to which I belong, in this Thing. If I knew where to go, I should run -. But unfortunately for the Country both parties are too much given to this unholy vocation -. I shall never cease, upon all suitable occasions, to denounce it & the men concerned in it. with my power & league, to all men -. now you remember, that, I was, once upon a time upon a similar mission - upon that occasion, I had such an insight into this accusive system of Bargain & sale, in league and Corruption, as will last me through life -. well here we go my frind [friend], on the voyage of [gap] life Independent alike, of Combination & eliquence [eloquence]. the world cant kill us - we are all to live in spite of This If God before us, It matters not who is against us - well; I shall always believe this, That, God is in favour [favor] of an honest man who shall in due time receive his reward - so cheer up; And let our motto be Onwards, Onwards Good night -

Your friend
James M Moore

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