Washington City, August 26, 1850.
Dear Sir: Pursuant to order, I this morning went at the Hon. Corwin, Pike in hand, and I have to say there will not, in my opinion, be the slightest difficulty in regard to the matter to which you refer. I will write you again in two or three days. Push ahead! Smite down the Philistines.
I am, Hon. Pike, ever yours,
P.S. — I will send you a few copies of my recent speech on that novel topic the negro question! Perhaps they may do good.
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. 86