This letter was written by Joshua Raymond Warren (1789-1854), the son of Moses Warren (1762-1835) and Mehitable Raymond (1763-1813) of New London, Connecticut. Joshua was married to Harriet Way and resided in Lyme, Connecticut, where he was employed as a farmer and, on occasion, the Justice of the Peace.
Joshua wrote the letter to Elisha Haley (1776-1860), a farmer from Groton, Connecticut, who served in the U.S. Congress as a representative from Connecticut in the 24th & 25th Congresses (1835-1839).
Addressed to Hon. Elisha Haley, Member of Congress, Washington, D. C.
January 14, 1839
About the last of December or first of January, I was presented with a paper for my signature recommending Elijah Ames for the appointment of Collector for New London district. It was then presented that I. W. Crawford, the present Collector, either was or was strongly suspected of acting with the party calling themselves Whigs. Whether this be true or not, I believe he has held that office as long as he deserves and I signed for Mr. Ames. Since that time, I have been informed that Mr. Ames has been acting with the party calling themselves Conservatives — particularly at the last spring election, and is in favor of the Bank deposit system. This representation was made at a Democratic meeting held at my house on the first Monday of the present month. If this be true, I would sooner recommend Hezekiah Goddard than him for I consider the Conservatives to be in a political purgatory where they remain just long enough to atone for all the sins they have committed against Federalism when they are ready to join and are received into the family of the faithful and new converts, you know, are most zealous. As you live nearer to New London than I do when you are at home and know better about these matters and probably receiving information from New London often now, you will be likely to know the truth of the allegations against Mr. Ames which I hope are not true. If they are, then I am and doubt not the Democratic Party are for either of the other applicants which report says are two — As one Conservative and one Democrat — and I hope you and the rest of the delegation in Congress from Connecticut will recommend that one of the number who is undoubtedly democratic honest and capable so that he may not be advertised hereafter as another Sub Treasurer absconded &c.
We have commenced drilling our forces for the Spring campaign and begun to look up the deserters and stragglers. Some have returned already and more are expected, If we continue to recruit as fast as we have done lately, we must and will be victorious on the first Monday of April next. Please to excuse the liberty I have taken in making this communication and believe me to be most sincerely,
Your friend & obedient servant, — Joshua R. Warren