New York, August 22, 1850.
Dear Pike: I hope you'll go to Congress, and in due season to heaven, but the look is not so good as I could wish. However, go ahead, and you will be certain to land somewhere. . . .
If you can manage to handle your adversary as venomously as you did the Compromise, you will at least make him sorry he ever encountered you.
Luck to you, and don't forget to telegraph me the first news of your election.
J. S. Pike, Esq.
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. 85