JS, Letter, , Hancock Co., IL, to , , New Utrecht, Kings Co., NY, 17 Mar. 1843; handwriting of ; three pages; Simon Gratz Autograph Collection, 1517–1925, Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.
City of , Ill. March 17, 1843.
Dear Sir,— I was not a little gratified at the reception of your favor of the 20th. ult. It is true— I am free from the “unrighteous persecution” got up by , and carried on by , and , that superlative trio of wickedness, abomination, and national disgrace. Sooner or later, however, corruption and wickedness get their reward.
Our charters remain as they were, but that mobocratic influence of , which stained her broad prairies with innocent blood, crept into , and became visible in the house of Representatives of our state Legislature; but let corrupt men do what they may, “wisdom will be justified of her children.”
Your have my grateful acknowledgements for your very kind interposition, in my behalf when “Executive influence,” was exerted to gratify and glut private malignance. It appears from <your> letter that paid no attention to your friendly admonition. I am not surprised at this, any more than the apostles were at the conduct of Nero at Rome. But the smothered heat of a volcano, will generally burst forth and give sufficient time to escape its “drea[d]ful lava”; and so, thank God, I am liberated, from his “long reach” by the still longer arm of Jurisprudence. Before the district court my case was fairly treated, and I was justly liberated:— Always so in righteousness.
You mention ’s book as a total failure: exactly so: No weapon formed against Zion can prosper: And he may learn, if [he] has not, that iniquity has its inconveniences, as well as greatness. Every one that has attempted to rise up and destroy me, [p. ]