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1861 March 15


Letter frm D. Williams to W.W. Mansfield about a group of secessionist lawyers in Ozark meeting to discuss President Abraham Lincoln and the Secession Convention.


[Page 1] Van Buren Ark
Mar 15, 1861
W W Mansfield Esq
Little Rock Ark
Dear Sir
We are informed
that Regan, Humphries, King & a
lot of other secession lawyers at Ozark
{got up} a meeting there and by further
representation of the meaning of Lincoln
manage & also by misrepresenting the
sentiment of people up here from Sebastian
and view there to sign a petition to you
to vote for immediate secession-You
know sir-That so far from there
being any necessity to precipitate
action now-there is greatly less than
when you were elected and I trust that
you will maintain firmly the position
you occupied when elected especially when
you feel that thereby upon will be
losing your Country & saving your
constituents from being "secured by a
lie"--This is the last seperate
[Page 2] effort of seperate men to carry
a point on which hangs their future
political influence--they are doing
this thing every where off the lines
of telegraph and newspaper & for
God's sake, let it not be said that
the chosen representation of the people
have suffered thereby to be overcome
by assured practice on their [illegible]
__In haste Your Truly
D. Williams

Physical Description

Letter, 2 pages, 22.75" x 14"


Correspondence; Civil War; Secession; Political activity


D. Williams

Geographical Area

Van Buren, Crawford County (Ark.); Little Rock, Pulaski County (Ark.)




MS.000123, Item 5

Resource Type



William W. Mansfield collection, MS.000123


Arkansas State Archives

Contributing Entity

Arkansas State Archives

Recommended Citation

Letter, D. Williams to W.W. Mansfield, William W. Mansfield collection, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.


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Letter, D. Williams to W.W. Mansfield