Russell A. Alger family papers  1842-1975 (bulk 1863-1865, 1888-1945)
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  1860 April 19 . Dennis McElhone ALS to Andrew B. Cochran; Washington, D.C. (4 pages)
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.