1843: Robert Parke to Francis James

This letter was written by Robert Parke (1799-1883) of Chester County, Pennsylvania, who served in the Pennsylvania Legislature from 1843 to 1845; was an associate judge of Chester Co. by appointment of Governor Pollock to fill an unexpired term in 1856, and was afterwards elected by the people for the full term of five years from December, 1858, to December, 1863. He was one of the organizers of the Parkesburg Bank in 1869; its first president for a term of four years, and ever afterward, until his decease, a director of the bank. Judge Parke was a man of kindly, genial, friendly disposition, a liberal contributor to his church and all good enterprises. He never married.

Parke wrote the letter to Hon. Francis James (1799-1886) — a congressman from Parke’s home district in Pennsylvania. Francis was born in Thornbury Township, Chester County, Pa., April 4, 1799; attended the public schools and Gauses’ Academy; studied law; was admitted to the bar of Chester County in 1825 and commenced practice in West Chester, Pa.; member of the State senate 1834-1836; elected as an Anti-Masonic candidate to the Twenty-sixth Congress and reelected as a Whig to the Twenty-seventh Congress (March 4, 1839-March 3, 1843); chairman, Committee on Revisal and Unfinished Business (Twenty-seventh Congress); resumed the practice of his profession in West Chester, Chester County, Pa.; chief burgess in 1850; died in West Chester, Pa., January 4, 1886.

1843 Letter

1843 Letter

TRANSCRIPTION
Addressed to Hon. Francis James, Washington City, District Columbia

Harrisburg [Pennsylvania]
February 15th 1843

Francis James, Esq.
Dear Sir,

Wright

Hendrick Bradley Wright

We have this moment passed Pennimous Districking laws by the force of the previous question (which is becoming very fashionable this session) by the vote of 51 to 40. Now I suppose we shall have a vote again as the Huntington District will not suit his relative living in that quarter. Mr. [Emmer] Elton voted with the strongest of the Locos and was disposed to give the Whigs a very small number of Congressmen in the State so he got Chester by itself.

We passed a law yesterday after a very stirring debate of five days continuance legislating the Canal Commissioners out of office and electing another by the people. [Hendrick Bradley] Wright, our speaker, made a very long speech yesterday in which he told some home truths and secrets of the party such a member of the cabinet sending a packed committee for him to appoint to investigate the Canal Commissioners conduct which he said he took as a direct insult.We have this moment passed Pennimous Districking laws by the force of the previous question (which is becoming very fashionable this session) by the vote of 51 to 40. Now I suppose we shall have a vote again as the Huntington District will not suit his relative living in that quarter. Mr. [Emmer] Elton voted with the strongest of the Locos and was disposed to give the Whigs a very small number of Congressmen in the State so he got Chester by itself.

We passed a law yesterday after a very stirring debate of five days continuance legislating the Canal Commissioners out of office and electing another by the people. [Hendrick Bradley] Wright, our speaker, made a very long speech yesterday in which he told some home truths and secrets of the party such a member of the cabinet sending a packed committee for him to appoint to investigate the Canal Commissioners conduct which he said he took as a direct insult.

James Madison Porter, brother of PA Gov. David R. Porter, was appointed Secy. of War by President Tyler

Judge James Madison Porter, brother of PA Gov. David R. Porter, was appointed Secy. of War by President Tyler

The establishing a Cass paper here which was to take over all the Locos who are [Lewis] Cass & [Cave] Johnson men into Captain [John] Tyler’s ranks on or before the Fourth Day of July and that the Gov.’s brother, Judge [James Madison] Porter, was about to receive his price in one of the offices in Washington. We are to have a [Henry] Clay Convention here on the 22nd which will be large.

The Locos now say they will reconsider the vote of today tomorrow. I do not think they can. — R. Parke

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