, Letter, , to JS, [, Hancock Co., IL], 25 May 1844; handwriting of ; dockets in handwriting of and ; two pages; JS Collection, CHL.
May 25, 1844,
Gen Joseph Smith:
I have, this day, done my best to get your petitition before the House. I had it read & Mr Joseph R Ingersoll, a leading whig fron the State of , objected to its reception, which any one man has a right to do.
I then moved to suspend the rules so as to go into the Committee of the Whole on the bill. Had this motion prevailed, we could have taken <up> the contents of your petition, whilst the bill was under discussion, & got some expression upon them. But the motion was lost by less than ten votes. I will send you the ayes & noes that you may see who prefer surrendering to the British rather than pretect American settlers in going & in remaining there.