Letter from Thomas Ford, 21 June 1844

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Head quarters
June 21 1844
To the Hon The Mayor & Common Council of the City of
Gentlemen Having heard of the Excitement in this part of the country; and judging that my presence here might be necessary to preserve the peace and enforce the laws, I arrived at this place this morning. Both before and since my arrival, complaints, of a grave character, have been made to me, of certain proceedings of your Honorable body. As chief Magistrate it is my duty to see that impartial justice shall be done, uninfluenced either by the excitment here, or in your . I think before any decisive measure Shall be adopted that I ought to hear the allegations and defences of all parties. By adopting this course I have some hope that the evils of war may be averted; and at any rate I will be enabled by it, to understand the true merits of the present difficulties; and shape my course with reference to law and justice. For these reason I have to request that you will send out to me, at this place, one or more well informed and discreet persons, who will be capable of laying before me your version of the matter, and of receiving from me, such explanations and resolutions as may be determined on
Col Elam S Freeman Will present you this note in the character of a herald from the , You will respect his character [p. [1]]
Head quarters
June 21 1844
To the Hon The Mayor & Common Council of the City of
Gentlemen Having heard of the Excitement in this part of the country; and judging that my presence here might be necessary to preserve the peace and enforce the laws, I arrived at this place this morning. Both before and since my arrival, complaints, of a grave character, have been made to me, of certain proceedings of your Honorable body. As chief Magistrate it is my duty to see that impartial justice shall be done, uninfluenced either by the excitment here, or in your . I think before any decisive measure Shall be adopted that I ought to hear the allegations and defences of all parties. By adopting this course I have some hope that the evils of war may be averted; and at any rate I will be enabled by it, to understand the true merits of the present difficulties; and shape my course with reference to law and justice. For these reason I have to request that you will send out to me, at this place, one or more well informed and discreet persons, who will be capable of laying before me your version of the matter, and of receiving from me, such explanations and resolutions as may be determined on
Col Elam S Freeman Will present you this note in the character of a herald from the , You will respect his character [p. [1]]
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