Date Original

1861 January 30


Letter from Mark Bean in Cane Hill to David C. Williams discussing the political situation and the men campaigning to represent Washington County in the secession convention in Fayetteville.


[Page 1] Cane Hill Ark
Jan 30th, 1861
Dear Friend
I have rec'd your letter
also one from our good friend Judge
Walker and also your letter to him
embracing the same subjects, and
which I as fully endorse as any
man in Ark. Walker spent the
night with me last week. he was
extremely anxious for me to run
for the convention. I told him
that nothing would give me more
pleasure than to stand by him
as I did in the state convention
and battle side by side with him
when the south with Billy Cummins
[Page 2] at the head contended that the
basis of representation should not be
upon the free white male inhabitants
only, but two thirds of their negros
should be represented. I told him
that it was impossible for me to run
owing to my feeble state of health.
Last saturday we nominated Mr.
J.B.Russell for the convention and
recommended Walker unanimously
and Doctor Dean, also H. Sterman.
All eyes are turned to Judge Walker
here. There is a mass meeting in
Fayetteville next saturday to
nominate conventioners. He proposed
a resolution or platform for our
candidates. That our candidates must
be strong union men. Walker will
have nothing to do with the convention
in Fayetteville, the wise workers I
think or secessionists will be defeated. I
hope so at least. I have and still will
urge the importance as you suggest
[Page 3] the decision to the people and have
every candidate pledged to this affect.
I hope that Gen. Thomason will run
for our man in Crawford. What have
we to gain in a division of our
glorious union. I see no compromising
spirit by any of our members in
congress are they reflecting the will
of Arkansas or are they sympathising
with poor South Carolina, which I can
not do. I would be glad to hear from
you at any time
Truly your friend
Mark Bean
D.C. Williams

Physical Description

Letter, 3 pages, 8" x 5"


Correspondence; War; Meetings; Political conventions; Civil War


Mark Bean

Geographical Area

Cane Hill, Washington County (Ark.)




MS.000086, Folder 3

Resource Type



Clara Bertha Eno collection, MS.000086


Arkansas State Archives

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Arkansas State Archives

Recommended Citation

Letter, Mark Bean to David C. Williams, Clara Bertha Eno collection, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.


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Letter, Mark Bean to David C. Williams