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Thomas Hart Benton writes a letter to Henry Boernstein, a German publisher of the Anzeiger des Westens [“Western Reporter”] in St. Louis. In this letter, Benton discusses proposed changes for the paper, expresses his gratitude for Boernstein's support in the previous election, and looks forward to the continued participation of German-Americans in future elections.


[recto] Washington City, Oct. 12 ‘53 Dr. Boernstein, Dear Sir, I am greatly obliged to you for your kind letter of the 25th ultimo, tho you over-value my service in getting Sigismond a place. It is a very fine starting point for a young man, and I think he will well avail himself of it. He seems to have both the ability and the inclination to do so. I made him some good acquaintances among the clerks, and gave him the entree of my house of all evenings that he [chooses?]. The changing your English paper will be doubtless good for the party, but the question of profit and loss has to be studied by one who has a family to support, as you have. [verso] Every thing is getting on very well here, and it is seen that those who become American citizens by choice instead of by accident, suffer nothing on that score, and that a perfect reciprocity of rights on one side + duties on the other, will be faithfully kept up. The part which our friends, the Germans, have acted in our elections is most consolatory to the democracy, and makes me look forward with great pleasure to the increase of 1854. I have no doubt you did for the best in the last election, + that it will be the means of producing united action at the next. I shall always be glad to [recto2] hear from you, having time enough to read and consider all the letters my friends send me, tho too much pressed with my own occupation to answer regularly. Very truly yours, [signed] Thomas H Benton

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Boernstein, Washington City, 12 Oct 1853, 1853, Thomas Hart Benton, Anzeiger des Westens, Western Reporter, St. Louis, German-Americans

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Thomas Benton letter to Dr. Harry Boernstein, 1853.



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