, Letter, , Sangamon Co., IL, to JS, [, Hancock Co., IL], 29 July 1843; handwriting probably of ; endorsement in handwriting of ; seven pages; JS Materials, CCLA.
give heed to the insinuation, made only to answer bad purposes, that a rod is held over you. This rod, is turned to ashes and can do no harm. When occasion shall offer will do all that his and your friends can expect, to put this question respecti[n]g your rights forever at rest. He is now preparing a document on the subject, which he may send to the of , before any thing more is done. He may not however, take, any official action until another call is made upon him. Until which time, nothing can reach you.
What I have written are my own opinions, founded on what I know of the ’s views and feelings, and the facts of the case. Of course, I do not speakefor him, having no authority to do so, but I have every confidence that the result of the matter will be as I have suggested. And I write thus fully to relieve your anxiety and that of your friends, and to assure you that no improper influences are at work, to your prejudice. This is for the perusal of yourself and such confidential friends as you desire to exhibit it to, and not for publication or public use.
Please accept my thanks, and convey them also to your excellent & family, for the kindness shown me, during my brief stay with you, and present my warmest regards to all friends— particularly to your aged .