Fort Hill 4th Aug't 1849
MY DEAR SIR, You are right, as to the source, whence Benton draws his support. He has bribed the papers at the seat
of Government by jobs at the publick expense; and the only way to put down the corruption is the one you indicate. An
Independent Press at Washington has long been a desideratum, but it is difficult to establish, or to maintain such an one
there, against the joint influence and power of the publick plunderers, who have got possession of the organs of publick opinion and the machinery of parties.
I am glad to learn that your contract promises so well and hope it will equal your most sanguine hopes. Should you succeed as well as you expect it will give you a commanding position.
With kind respects to Mrs Green and your family I remain
- John C. Calhoun
- Annual Report of the American Historical Association for the Year 1899, Calhoun Correspondence.