Nicholas P. Trist to Joseph Coolidge

Dear Sephus

You must not consider the Sentiments on the Hartford conventn contained in last Saturday’s paper, as mine. On all these subjects, as I wd be sure to be overruled I let matters take their own course: and Dr Carr, tho’ a christian i.e. member of the church, and withal a very worthy man, is a real christian in intolerance & want of charity. I have repeatedly declared to both D. & C. my convictn that there were many members of the H.C. whose motives were just as pure as those of men cd be; and whom I wd as soon extend the hand of fellowship & friendship to, as to any members of the congress of ’76.—altho’ in meditating any thing like hindrance to the govt they violated the great rule in political morality to comply with the fairly expressed will of established authorities.—Davis, whose reason, altho’ it has many Va prejudices to struggle with, is too good not to give way to truth, I have satisfied that the proposed [. . .] combinations agt the opern of the tariff wd necessarily violate the same principle; & therefore, in this respect, be like the H.C.—I am satisfied, however, that this these combinations are going to be entered into very generally throughout the southern country.

RC (ViU: Ellen Wayles Randolph Coolidge Correspondence); unsigned; in the hand of Trist; with Martha Jefferson Randolph to Ellen W. Randolph Coolidge, [ca. 30 June 1828], subjoined.