Portland, April 17, 1850.
Friend Pike: I have been rather old Hunkerish in my feelings in times past, but I am not at all proud of the present position of Clay and Webster!
If the Senate tack that long tail to California, I hope the House will cut it off or defeat the whole — if they have to call the yeas and nays for it. I should go in for a row before I would submit to it.
Very truly, your friend,
* Editor of the Portland Advertiser.
SOURCE: James Shepherd Pike, First Blows of the Civil War: The Ten Years of Preliminary Conflict in the United States from 1850 to 1860, p. 27