Lancaster, Aug. 2, 1847.
Dear Sir:-On my return home I find so large a number of suits in which I am concerned on the trial list for the fourth Monday of August, that I fear it will be out of my power to be at your court that week. I felt a great desire to aid in the trial because of certain principles which I thought ought to be maintained before the juries of this country in all similar cases. But I confess I feel the wish to be engaged in your defence somewhat abated since I have seen the declaration of your principles and views as promulgated by the trustees and president of your college, as I fear the stand which I should take (on inalienable rights and the Declaration of Independence) would conflict with those views, and the views of other counsel, and might injure your institution. I fear I could not repress my feelings within what your trustees would deem prudence, although I doubt not with a fair jury such a bold and true course would insure your acquittal. But your case is in able hands, and will not suffer by my absence. With great respect,