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1861 February 16


Letter from B.M. Colman of St. Louis, Missouri to David C. Williams about the political situation in the area. The letter includes his own political views, views on Lincoln's speech in Pittsburg, and promises of future developments.


[Page 1] St. Louis Feb. 16th 1861
D.C. Williams Esq.
Dear Sir
Your favor of 9th Inst. came to hand
in due time, with 15 postage stamps enclosed
In regard to answering your telegraphic dispatch
(Proposed) I will do so cheerfully, and send you,
as near as in my power, a correct & truthful response
But in regard to political matters generally, I
do not meddle with them, although having at
this particular time, an anxiety, common to all of
our citizens, in the welfare of our Republic. I do not
belong to any party or political creed and although
a naturalized citizen (an Irishman by birth) I
have, with one exception, voted since qualified,
the American ticket - But in our city & county &
in fact in our state, I think that henceforth there
must be but two parties - Republican, and Anti-
Republican -- I think that in consequence of late
events, the question must be narrowed down to this.
I cannot, in justice, vote for what they call the
"Union" ticket, at our election for delegates, on Monday
next from the fact that, although there are good men
[Page 2] nominated, yet there is a sprinkling of Republicans
on it. In this writing, I know not what your political
views are, and of course do not intend any offence[sic] - should
any be taken - As the great question of the day now
stands, I do not see any sign of compromise on the part of
the Republicans, although from the late short speech of the
President elect at Pittsburg on yesterday morning, he does not
seem to regard the present state of affairs, as being so
very alarming - God grant he may be correct.
In regard to your last request, I cannot promise
to write you daily, but should any event worth of
special notice, as trending to either heal or widen
the breach already existing in our unhappy Country,
I will write you with pleasure the word "pleasure",
referring of course to
the act of writing you.
My office duties have become more onerous, of
late, so that I have barely time to glance at the
public prints, from which we all have to preserve
our information on political matters, although I
presume, that in our papers we have fuller reports
than with you. In the event of anything worthy of mention
occurring, you may depend upon having an epistle from
Yours very truly
B.M. Colman
BM Colman
Feb. 16

Physical Description

Letter, 2 pages, 7.75" x 9.75"


Correspondence; War; Political activity; Civil War; Presidents


B.M. Colman

Geographical Area

St. Louis, St. Louis County (Mo.); Van Buren, Crawford County (Ark.)





Resource Type



Clara Bertha Eno collection, MS.000086


Arkansas State Archives

Contributing Entity

Arkansas State Archives

Recommended Citation

Letter, B.M. Colman to David C. Williams, Clara Bertha Eno collection, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.


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Letter, B.M. Colman to David C. Williams