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Letter from Thomas S. Bocock

Member of the House of Representatives from Virginia

Speaker of the House of Representatives sometime around the Civil War

Dated 25 Jul 1850


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It is needlefs for me, however, to occupy your time and my paper
with these discufsions.  I have too much confidence in your intelligence
to suppose that I could make any suggestion which has not
already occurred to your mind.

The Bill is still under discufsion in the Senate, with doubtful
prospects as to its alternate pafsage.  I rather think it will not
pafs.  If it should not, the South will then rally upon the 36 [degree sign] 30 [? degree sign ?],
line, and there fighting will [tri]umph or be defeated.  In fighting for that
line we shall be carrying out the spirit of the Virginia Resolutions

In sustaining the adjustment Bill, we should be utterly disregarding
those Resolutions.

It was said that Fillmore would come out for "the adjustment"
and use his whole influence in its favour.  But it seems that
he has caught the prevailing spirit of the times, and has
concluded that the "mum" policy is the best.

Since he has gotten into the Presidential chair, he
has no opinions for the public ear.  You have seen his
Cabinet and can judge from them what his policy
will be.

I hope that the prospects for the farming interest
are good.  I never make any professions of love for
the people, because such professions are so often
made with bad designs.  But an afsociatio[n] with
professional politicians is very apt to exhibit to
our view, [is] a stronger light, the dignity, the importance
and the purity of the farming interest --

I am always glad to hear from you, and wish you
would write often --

I am with great regard
yr friend [? ?]:

[Th] S. Bocock







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Submitted and transcribed by: Susan Shields Sasek.  I don't know who the letter was sent to, but my great aunt Virginia Butler Priddy gave it to my father many years ago (if I remember correctly, sometime in the 1970s).

[SSS Note -- characters or words in brackets [ ] are either my comments or items that I either could not read or wasn't sure about]


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Page Updated on: 27 Nov 2005 c. Susan Shields Sasek