Saturday Feby 13th 1858
Yours of Jan 28- I have recd Yesterday I recd two more one of them enclosing G. Smith’s check for $100 – Owing to bad roads I have delay in moving the freight and it is all yet at the Depot at C.
I yesterday read your letters to the Messers King and to Mr Hoisington who were much gratified.
Tomorrow (Sunday) I expect to hear Mr. Foss at Dorset, I think I had better introduce the matter to “the Fosters” through him, as he (Foss) is an especial pet of theirs.
I am ready to go immediately to Washington if you should still think that is best. However, I have long since ceased to “Put my trust in princes”
Some advantage may no doubt be gained, but I do not feel so sanguine of so great success as you appear to. Among others with whom I should be acquainted there is Marcus J. Parrott Delegate from Kansas who was Counsel for me in my Treason case before Judge Lecompte. Is a very fine man but not of just the stripe.
I enclose another letter from the Col. which appears to be a duplicate of the last one before, at least it is of the same pattern. “Physician heal thyself” I think would apply to what he says “to the Eleven
friends of Springdale Iowa”-
Your letters are very encouraging indeed, What a noble soul that Colored woman at Brooklyn The country is full of such if we knew how to find them. With regard to the trip to “Bedford, Chambersburg, Gettysburg” etc, I have an idea that the way to find the “friends” on that, or any other rout would be to ascertain who are the working agents of the U. G. Rail Rd. – and Should it be best for me to undertake that expedition the Kings would supply me with their patent cast-iron fence posts to sell as an ostensible business.
I have pretty much made up my mind to move to North Elba in the Spring. Should be glad to rent a small but comfortable place there until I could have time to make a selection. Will you bear that in mind in case you soon visit N.E.
My kindest regard to F.D. and family-
All well- nothing new here. Weather cold, [xxx]
Your affectionate Son