Dear Sir: Augt. 9. 1850
Your letter of the 31st. of July was received yesterday. The substance of the matter you speak of, in detail, has long been known to me; and I have supposed, if I would, I could make it entirely plain to the world. But my high regard for some of the members of the late cabinet; my great devotion to Gen: Taylor personally; and, above all, my fidelity to the great whig cause, have induced me to be silent; and this especially, as I have felt, and do feel, entirely independent of the government, and therefore above the power of it'sPage 92 persecution. I also have long suspected that you were being persecuted on account of this piece of villiany, by, or for the benefit of, the original villian; and, I own, this fills me with indignation.  A public expose, however, though it might → confound the guilty, I fear ← might also injure some who are innocent; to some extent, disparage a good cause; reflect no credit upon me, and result in no advantage to you.
Mr. Bates  I see declines a place in the Cabinet; so that it is not yet apparant how I can serve you, which I am anxious to do so soon as I shall perceive the way. Write me again.
One part of your letter induces me to say I would not now accept the Land Office, if it were offered to me. Yours as ever