Albany Athens Co O. Dec 2 /56
Dear Bro. Adair
I recd your two letters of Aug 6th & Oct 15th, both of which were very interesting to me. If I should be ungrateful for such favors, I should be unworthy of the name of friend. I have answered neither hitherto. I should have answered the first (Aug 6) soon after receiving it, had I not feared you would have replied to it; which would have been extremely pleasing to me, but I could not have a heart in the midst of your excessive trials and burdens to add the least moiety to them. Yours of Oct 13 came to hand about the 1st of Nov. since which time I have almost daily resolved to reply to it; but care pressing it has had this go by. It seems almost a miracle that you and your family have lived thus far through the siege. Of course you have been a mark conspicuous for the ruffians but you “have been delivered out of the mouths of the Lions.” At the same time your enemies were encamping near you, the Lord’s angel has been also round about you. “He shall give his angels charge” etc. They have had you in charge. “Bless the Lord and “Let us exalt his name together.” Charles acted bravely & nobley in going to town to inform them of the
approach of the Enemy. And the names of the 30 should be enrolled among the mighty. I can’t but admire the Heroism of Old Mr Brown. What a man he is! I suppose he is your wife’s uncle. I now understand Gov Geary is now after him to arrest him. If Brown will only kill him what a blessing it will be. I think he is the worst man you have had for Gov. You have nothing to hope from him. What a blunder to make a distinction between the govt and its Missions and the “Border Ruffians”. It’s a distinction without a difference. It is vain to resist one and not the other, and if the people of Kansas do not intend to treat both alike, they had better abandon Kansas, for they will only stay there to suffer & die without accomplishing anything. I am surprised that any go there until that question is first settled, and that any stay there that can get away. Indeed I was in hopes to hear that you had made good your escape ere this, for I was afraid you would suffer for nought if you stayed.
But you have had an important Mission to fulfil. I can see that; but is not that about accomplished and “if they pursecute you in our city flee ye to another” I do hope you will get away as soon as possible.
A terrible, & just retribution is bursting in upon our devoted country which nothing but timely repentance will prevent.
That repentance however will not be exercised, in my opinion, & it is vain to pray for it. It seems as if the Lord had said to us “pray not for this people for I will not hear them."” The only hope now is in revolution, and the sooner the better. The apathy of the North is surprising. The Republican Freemont Lullaby has been a dreadful opiate which has well nigh wrought our ruin. Now the bubble has burst, some means may be adopted leading in that direction. O for some Cromwell, or at least some action on the part of the Free states that would strike at the root of the Despotism of our country. How futile the idea of peace, so long as Slavery is suffered to live, & be protected? What is the future none can tell, save that it’s a “terrible future.” Every one can be a true prophet about that.
Dec 24 Since writing the above I have had one sitting & wrote the word Dec, in the line above this & was then interrupted. I now resume, according to date, but before I had finished the line as you will observe my pen holder gave out, & I am obliged to
use a pencil or wait still farther.
I know of no new developments, except the reported insurrections in Kentucky, and Tennesee, signs ominous, of coming judgments. I now feel very glad that the Republican party were defeated. I think they will be slow in supporting the insurrection of the slaves, and I should be glad if they (the) slaves would avail themselves of the present crisis to strike for freedom. The sooner the crisis the less blood will be shed. You appear to have a little respite at present in the war, and some seem to think it is all over, & Kansas will come in free. But Kansas will not be given up so easy. So far as I can foresee I shall not be able to [xxxx] to the territory before 1859 if even then. I do not now even wish to go until the great question is decided right. What little you have in your hands for me appropriate to yourself as your own. I am sorry it is not ten times as much. Give my love to your wife & children, and to any who may inquire after me. You, & yours are more dear to me than ever. Please write as soon as convenient. Tell me of the welfare of any of my old friends who are there yet. Though ashamed of this I shall offer no apologies. Yours forever G. S. Lewis