1864 January 22
Letter from William Walker in Little Rock to David Williams discussing ownership of his house, the state of affairs where he was living, and his fondness for General Frederick Steele.
Little Rock, Jan/22d 1864
Your of the 28th ult. has been received. We are truly glad
to hear from you, and heartily rejoiced to know that you had fared
so well under federal rule. May your former good fortune at-
tend you and yours through all the vicissitudes, to the end of this
horrible war; and above all, I hope and pray, though not without
serious and painful misgivings, that you may yet be restored
to the blessings of civil and religious liberty under a representative
government - My faith in this perpetuity of our republican form
of government is greatly shaken of late, and I begin to doubt the
capacity of the people to govern themselves.
We have not been so fortunate as you, yet our grievances
are so trivial and inconsiderable in comparison with those of
thousands of our fellow citizens, that we feel thankful that our has
been no worse, and that we are compensated in a great measure
for all the ills we have borne by our good fortune in having Maj.
Genl Steel[sic] in command. He is a magnanimous, humane,
honorable and just officer, and deservedly the most popular
federal officer in the South. He has the confidence and esteem
of every one.
Genl Davidson, the second in command is a des-
pot, and is cordially detested by the citizens. He has been try-
ing to have Steel[sic] removed - wrote to Washington that Steel's
conciliatory course had disgusted the union citizens and the
officers and soldiers of the Army - You will hear the partic-
ulars of this soon.
I will write you at length in a few days - I must be
brief - the boat I just hear is about to leave.
Do the best you can with my house. If Thompson refuses
to surrender possession apply to the commanding office for an
order to disposess him. if that fails, ask for the appointment of
Letter, 2 pages, 9.5" x 11.75"
Civil War; Correspondence; Military officers; Houses
Little Rock, Pulaski County (Ark.)
Clara Bertha Eno collection, MS.000086
Arkansas State Archives
Arkansas State Archives
Letter, William Walker to David Williams, Clara Bertha Eno collection, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.
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