Decr. 18. 31
Yours of the 14th. with the printed communication is recd. It was not my object in the remarks on Col. H. B Speech to suggest any immediate publication in any form on the subject. I thought it well that a discreet & friendly hand should possess & preserve an antidote to mistatements whether White or black. I detain the newspapers a day or two for perusal of the passages referred to Affect. Salutns.
* speech [apparently added by Trist]
RC (DLC: Nicholas P. Trist Papers).