Politician to Politician


Date Written

Dec. 16, 1850

Joshua Bell Fry was 39 years old when this was written.
The recipient, Thomas Helms, was 65 when it was received.

Joshua Bell Fry died 19 years, 8 months, 1 day after writing this.
It was written 168 years, 1 month, 2 days ago.
It was a Monday.

Frankfort 16 Dec. 1850

My dear sir,

The legislature is doing very little but preparing for the recap. which will be taken from the 21 of Dec. to 6 Jan. The senates bill for circuit district will pass the senate but is not so strong in the House. My impression is the senate’s bill is gaining ground. Our Co. of [?] district will be very much the district mentioned in the Louisville Journal by some correspondent from Lancaster—the salaries of the Co. Judges will be about $14 or $1500—those of Co. of [?] will be $18 or 2000.

Some doubt who will be nominated by the Whigs. Dixson is strongest yet, but Thompson is gaining. The violent new constitution men are for Dixson, but are willing to take Thompson if nominated.

There is a strong feeling in favor of branching the court of appeals and moving [the] capital to Louisville but my judgement is neither prospect will succeed. On the first, the split will occur as to the places of locating branches and the other cannot find 2/3 in favor of it. The new paper has given a new direction, however to every thing and where the current will stop there is no guessing. If the branching occurs Danville will be a point, Paris, or Winchester another. Louisville another. Some place low down in the Green River another.

Very truly,
Joshua F. Bell

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