The introduction briefly discusses the terms of the "compromise bills" and encourages support for the decisions of the federal government: "There appears no objection from any Southern man to the Fugitive Slave Bill. After the Wilmot Proviso has...
In the letter Mrs. Vaughan explains that her husband, Vernon Henry Vaughan, has been arrested for being a "defiant Republican." The Ku Klux Klan has threatened their entire family, and they are no longer safe in the city: "They put him in jail...
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