1860 April 19. Dennis McElhone ALS to Andrew B. Cochran; Washington, D.C.
Opinion of aimless men, including the acquaintance who recently sought a loan. Intention to build a good reputation. Washington full of delegates headed for Democratic convention in Charleston, South Carolina. Expectation that Stephen Douglas will win Democratic Party nomination for President: "That the Democratic Party will succeed, with him as their standard bearer, is beyond the certainty of a doubt." Douglas will unite Democrats, including extremist Southerners. Disapproval of acquaintances' behavior. Intention to travel to Bellefonte, Pennsylvania, during Congressional recess.