Letter, Richard Barret to Moses Nickerson and George Miller, 19 June 1841

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that if I became a Candidate for Congress the editor, by himself & citizens could be, no doubt, controled, so far as to support me, or to exercise neutrality towards me, owing to my interest in that place, and my other interests in the military-tract, and that quarter of the country.
My friends here, and a deputation from Morgan Co. has go which left this morning, are still urging me to run; but I have no political ambition, and my private interests, and buisness forbid my becoming a Candidate. I hear no doubt from all that I have seen & heard that I could be elected probably 10.000 votes; but in my land operations in the Military-tract, and in I was acting, and am still acting as the agent of others, so that I have not full control of my own time & inclinations.
Give regards to Mr. Smith & , and believe me sincerly your friend
Richd. F. Barret
Messrs &
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that if I became a Candidate for Congress the editor, by himself & citizens could be, no doubt, controled, so far as to support me, or to exercise neutrality towards me, owing to my interest in that place, and my other interests in the military-tract, and that quarter of the country.
My friends here, and a deputation from Morgan Co. which left this morning, are still urging me to run; but I have no political ambition, and my private interests, and buisness forbid my becoming a Candidate. I hear no doubt from all that I have seen & heard I could be elected probably 10.000 votes; but in my land operations in the Military-tract, and in I was acting, and am still acting as the agent of others, so that I have not full control of my own time & inclinations.
Give regards to Mr. Smith & , and believe me sincerly your friend
Richd. F. Barret
Messrs &
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