In the message Patterson discusses the Freedom Riders who recently entered Monroe, expressing support and sympathy: "I wish to commend you for your strong stand for good law enforcement and the position that you have taken against the so-called...
In the letter the congressmen express support for the governor during his attempt to prevent the integration of the University of Mississippi. They particularly commend his stand against federal intervention in the matter: "We are inspired by your...
In the message the congressmen commend Ross's efforts to prevent integration at the University of Mississippi ("the courageous battle you are waging for constitutional government"), and they promise that "Mississippi's fight is Alabama's fight."
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