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Letter from William P. Weeks, Canaan, [New Hampshire], to Amos Augustus Phelps, 1830 July 19

Letter from William P. Weeks, Canaan, [New Hampshire], to Amos Augustus Phelps, 1830 July 19



William P. Weeks writes Amos A. Phelps upset by a previous letter Phelps had written him discussing politics. He writes about their political disagreements with regards to Weeks new position as Postmaster in Hopkington. He writes, "Jackson is the nation's Presidents and should we not as loyal and dutiful subjects bow in humble submission to the Powers that be or should you recommend to us to be still obstinate..and continue to bite the fill and kick against the pucks? But to the subject of your Letter-you say I being a Jackson Postmaster, might possibly get ranked Hopkington-well supposing I should-this ranking live monkeys is not so bad in my opinion as ranking Dead ones-you probably have forgotten the Dead Monkey that was taken out of the Philadelphia Mail under your pure Adams Administration. Now I guess you have got it." He discusses his views on the Indian Bill, stating "if I slightly understand the Bill and I believe I do, it is one of the most merciful laws that was ever passed for the relief of the Poor Indian. It leaves them to act their own own free will-to do as it seemeth unto them good. it is simply this-if you choose to stay in George you can by yielding obedience to Georgia Laws but if you choose not to submit to Georgia Laws, you can go to the spot that Congress has selected for you, where you can be a nation by yourselves-Make & execute your own Laws. Now put on your spectacles & tell me if you can see any thing oppressive or Tyranical in all this." He continues in the rest of the letter to compare Jackson's administration with the Adams administration.
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