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Corwin (member, U.S. House of Representatives at this time) responds to questions from Finley following the death of his father-in-law. According to the Pension Law of 1832, any inheritance goes to the widow. If there is no widow, it goes to the children. This places Finley in a "peculiar dilemma" since he has already paid the debts of his father-in-law. Corwin then writes at length about the degradation of the State of Ohio which is in the hands of "the fanatical folly and wickedness of the babblers who now rule the legislature of Ohio." He expresses the futility of a possible declaration of war against France, and mentions rumors that England and France might go to war against Russia and Austria over the question of Poland's independence. Corwin has a very pessimistic outlook on conditions in the world, and places grave responsibility for its betterment on the shoulders of the preachers of the Gospel. Abstract Number - 859
Ohio History; U.S. History; Pensions; Futility of war; U.S. Politics
Corwin, Thomas, "Letter from Thomas Corwin to James B. Finley" (1836). Finley Letters. 345.