The act enables local authorities to decide when to limit the sale of alcoholic beverages to Indians, in order to protect the colonists and preserve peaceful relations with local tribes: "Whereas frequent Tumults and Disturbances have happened by...
In the letter King discusses sectional division over slavery and expresses his hope that compromise will settle the issue and maintain unity: "The slavery question is the all absorbing subject here; and how it is to terminate God only knows...but I...
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