The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 68, July 1964 - April, 1965 Page: 496
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and at ,[illegible] satisfy petitions of numerous relatives and friends of
the unfortunate Mr. Peterson ask the favor of you to write to Santa
Anna, such a letter as you wrote him, in behalf of Mr. John Bradley
and have our young friend set at liberty, and recollect the history of
yourself when a mere boy being taken prisoner, and we feel assured
that you are prepared to sympathise with us and Mr. Petersons rela-
tions, and will aid in the only way in your power to have him re-
leased. We know that you have but to say the word and he is freed,
and by so doing confer on others among many obligations all ready
incurred, for us to appropriate our prayers to allmighty God in your
behalf. Judge Coleman informs us that he addressed you on the subject
last fall but did not know whether or not you recd it. In conclusion
we will say that if you were in the place of our friend or any one
else in whom you felt a great interest there is nothing that you could
ask of the undersigned that would not be promptly done. We dislike
to have thus to trouble you, knowing the hundreds of calls of this
sort made upon your humanity, but our apology is the urgency of
the case, and assure you that it would afford us pleasure to serve you
in any capacity in our power. Mrs. Judge Coleman, the sister of
Mr. Peterson [illegible] supposed to be accustomed by her state of
mind, says we must ask this favour of you to acknowledge the receipt
of this letter, which we most respectfully do. Please direct to Nathl
Terry Shoalford Postoffice, Limestone County Alabama. It would be
a great source of consolation to Mrs. Coleman and many others to
know that you had recd. this letter and what you thought of the
prospects of having him returned, &c. &c.
We are Dear Sir your true and real friends.
[Signed:] Nathl Terry and twelve other, including C. C. Clay, Jr.
Clay added a postscript in a few days:
Judge Coleman mentioned the case of his brother-in-law,
Mr. Peterson, spoken of in the foregoing address, to me some time
ago-but, until now, I had for some time past, supposed he had been
released. However, it seems otherwise-and feeling satisfied of the
truth of every fact stated, I should be much gratified that you would
lend the aid requested. By so doing I feel confidently assured you
would serve a meritorious young gentleman, and a most excellent &
worthy sister. Most truly
Huntsville-Feb. 2d, '44. C. C. Clay
Peterson was finally released on March 23, 1844, through the
intervention of Thompson.
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