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Letter From Jacob Thompson to J. P. Benajmin regarding Henry L. Martin.

OXFORD, Miss., October 8, 1861.

Hon. J. P. BENJAMIN, Secretary of War.

DEAR SIR: You have incarcerated in Richmond Henry L. Martin, esq., formerly of this State but for several years a clerk in the Department of the Interior at Washington while I was Secretary of the Interior. I considered Mr. Martin a true man. After I left Washington he remained and I am not familiar with his course of conduct since that time. All those ordinary influences which make men turn would seem to be so strong in our direction that his old friends in this State cannot and do not doubt him. Born South, with an extensive and influential family South, with sons in the Confederate service, abused and persecuted as he has been by the abolitionists it must be strange indeed if he can prove untrue to the South. I hope you will cause his case to be examined into. I believe you will be satisfied that he ought to have his liberty.

Yours, truly,

J[acob]. THOMPSON.

SOURCE: Official Records of the War of the Rebellion, Series 2, Volume 2, pg. 1393

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Letter from citizens of Jasper County, MS about loyalty of Henry L. Martin, esq. September 30, 1861.

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