Letter written by Amos Tuck from Washington on March 3, 1851

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Letter written by Amos Tuck from Washington, DC, on March 3, 1851: a machine readable transcription

PAGE IMAGEWashington (Washington, District of Columbia) Mar. 3. 1851- Dear Sir;

Congress will close to night I have
been watching an opportunity to get away to the
scene of battle in New Hampshire (New Hampshire) , but have seen
no possible way of doing it, without deserting the
post of duty. I shall therefore stay to make up the
fine, starting for the east to morrow morning
The attack on Webster (Webster) you have seen in the papers -
The story is pretty much all told there - The
feeling here is that Allen (Allen) gained no credit, by
bringing out the change, but still there is a
pretty general feeling, that Webster (Webster) deserved
the exhibition, and that in fact it is not consistant
with the purest kind of integrity, to live on
the money of other people, which is a high
station, where the interests of those "other people"


PAGE IMAGE sometimes come in conflect with the interests
of the "rest of mankind." I thought there were
no laurels for me to win on either side,
and so I did not vote - Let them fight
it out, and we will attend to our own
matters - Ashman (Ashman) made a mistake in
taking issue with Allen (Allen) ; he ought to have
confessed and avoided, or put in a [Dem?]
There is no doubt that money was provided
Webster (Webster) , if not in the manner charged,
yet in some other way, equally reprehensible.
I am encouraged by the information
politically from different parts of the District (Washington, District of Columbia)
[Clendennin?] wrote me by the Cart mail, that
he was into the work, actively and earnestly -
H never helped us before, and I hope to stand
better in [??] - I saw him at Exeter (Exeter, New Hampshire) , two
weeks since, and pitched into him, in the
right manner, and your movements
PAGE IMAGE upon him achieve his reformation entirely -
That Jas. Thom (Thom, Jas.) should acquiesce is more than
I expected - I have always counted upon him
and Wm. [Choate?] ([Choate?], William) as implacable - I know of
a number of persons who are active in our
favor, who opposed me [us?] at the last election. My
hope is to run K_ (K_) into the ground about
500- & if I do, I shall lay much of it to my
friend Hughes (Hughes) .

I wrote to John Atwood (Atwood, John) , several weeks
ago, that his only way of salvation, was to
hold the torch, close to the nose of democracy,
as Putnam (Putnam) did to the wolf's and make them
breathe fire, till after the Ides of March. I
told him, he owed it to his God, himself and
his posterity, to take the stump, and let the
pirates know, that they encountered a
man. I hope my letter did him some good
If we don't whip them this time, we will
make victory practicable hereafter -

Ever yours Amos Tuck (Tuck, Amos)

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P.S.

Has [Clendennin?] ([Clendennin?]) been paid for
his labours? I infer from his letter
that it will be well for him to know
this when I next see him -
A. T. (Tuck, Amos)
Private

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