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April 27, 1832
Greetings from Illinois. How are you doing today? I wanted to tell you about a curious day I had yesterday. Andrew came over my house, and we started talking about slavery. He was born in North Carolina, and sees nothing wrong with it, but to me it just doesn’t seem right. Then James walked in, which helped, because he agrees with me. Soon after that John arrived and we had quite a rousing conversation. This went on until Zachary appeared at the door. He is a Whig like me, and because he is older, I think he is quite wise. He was able to calm things down, because being from Virginia, he has experienced both sides of the argument, and can see some advantages of both sides.
We were just about to go out and ride into town when Ulysses ran in. It is his birthday today, he just turned ten, and sure is proud of it. I gave him a button spinner, and he has been buzzing it all day.
Andrew was hungry, so we all decided to go over to JP’s house. Even Zachary decided to join us. I found out that Zachary loves rutabaga pie, and JP’s wife makes the best rutabaga pie this side of the mountains. When we got there, Millard was sitting on the wicker chair right on the front porch with a big glass of lemonade. Millard sure does like to relax!
Everyone had to go home but Andrew and he stuck around awhile and talked. He doesn’t agree with me, but this slavery thing really bothers me. Maybe some day I can do something about it – at least I can dream!
Oh, I almost forgot – I am planning on running for the Illinois Assembly this year. Wish me luck! I hope all is well with you.
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