Lucy was the widow of naturalist John Audubon, who was a close friend of Edward Harris. In the letter she discusses the money Harris has agreed to loan her, and she expresses concern for her granddaughter, "given to me at her birth my sole care...
In the letter Fort states that members of the committee "are not sentimentalist," nor are they "influenced by union labor." Rather, their sole interest is the "welfare of our State" and the belief that "convicts should be treated sensibly and...
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