KANAWHA C[OURT] H[OUSE], VA., March 26, 1860.
MY DEAR SIR: By way of experiment, I have been circulating many copies of your late speech among some very intelligent acquaintances I have in Ohio, some of whom are Republicans. From one of these gentlemen, prominent in his state and the country by his efforts for Mr. Fremont, I received the following acknowledgement for your speech: “While on this subject let me say that I read with the greatest pleasure Mr. Hunter’s great speech upon the slavery question; and I return you my thanks for sending me a copy. It has given me some new ideas: and I frankly confess that upon the platform laid down by him, I would not greatly object to his election. Indeed, under some circumstances likely to occur, I could cheerfully vote for him. Another matter may interest you. I have for the last ten days been in various parts of this State (Ohio), part of the time attending the Legislature at Columbus, and I find many influential democrats and others, are looking to your friend as the best man for the Charleston nomination.”
I hope very much that the Charleston Convention may nominate you; and present to the gentleman from whose letter I quote, and others in like predicament, a choice of which they may avail themselves. I shall be at Charleston, acting cordially with your friends, not to cast a vote for you and feel discharged from the duty, but with a sincere desire to secure your nomination.