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Collection Reference Number GLC02823
From Archive Folder Documents Relating to 1859 
Title Cave Johnson to P. G. Washington regarding the ownership an unspecified paper and slavery
Date 6 December 1859
Author Johnson, Cave (1793-1866)  
Recipient Washington, P. G.  
Document Type Correspondence
Content Description Discusses the ownership of an unspecified paper, mentioning several persons associated with the paper's publication. Recommended Washington's brother to one of the paper's editors. Comments that he is no longer engaged in politics, and is disappointed in the Democratic party. Discusses the Democratic Party Convention scheduled to be held in Charleston, South Carolina in April 1860. Of the candidates for nomination at the convention, prefers James Guthrie of Kentucky over Stephen Douglas. Also mentions candidate Daniel S. Dickinson. Writes, "The present position of the Slavery question operates most unfortunately upon our colored population... in every respect their condition [is] made worse whilst strong efforts are now being made in the general assembly to drive out all the free colored population or force them again into slavery an act of cruelty and injustice which I hope we may be able to defeat- there is no danger from them here and but little inconvenience felt from their presence- the most that we should do would be to prevent more from coming in from other states & allow no more to be emancipated." Further discusses politics and slavery, mentioning President James Buchanan, former Governor of Tennessee and future President Andrew Johnson, and others.
Subjects African American History  Slave Life  Journalism  Politics  Democratic Party  Election  Government and Civics  Abolition  Slavery  Immigration and Migration  Freemen  Emancipation  President  
People Johnson, Cave (1793-1866)  Buchanan, James (1791-1868)  Guthrie, James (1792-1869)  Douglas, Stephen Arnold (1813-1861)  Dickinson, Daniel Stevens (1800-1866)  Washington, P. G. (fl. 1859)  
Place written Nashville, Tennessee
Theme African Americans; Slavery & Abolition; Government & Politics; The Presidency
Sub-collection The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1493-1859
Additional Information Johnson was a United States Representative from Tennessee 1829-1836 and 1839-1844, and was Postmaster General of the United States 1845-1849.
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859
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