Malta Nov 24/64
Hon Richard Yates
Yours under date of the 21st with speeches recd which will be properly distributed
A press of business which has given me no rest has delayed my writing you the result of matters in this County
I was placed in an awkward position in the county nomination for member of the Legislature
My particular & personal friend Chas Kellum had been won over to Fuller & was a candidate & was backed by Stiles, Ellwood & others who were & always had been Fuller men
The other Candidate (Hampden) was a personal
enemy of mine & a tool for certain parties
I was desirous of defeating both & by getting two or three other candidates we barely succeeded in Nominating J. V. Randall who is sound on the Senator question but not a very brilliant representative
A little attention on your part towards him I presume will keep all right
I have lost some warm friends by pursuing the course I did, but I have the approval of my conscience (which I apprehend is more than most men can say that have much to do with nominations).
I was forced to expose Fuller & his aspirations & the expression of one of his friends that the Election of Fuller to the Speakership of the House would make him
the next United States Senator satisfied me what he was after
Look out for him he laid the mines deep & well in this county & came near succeeding
Accept my best wishes for the future
S C Hapgood
Hapgood S. C.
Malta Nov 24/64
Has received speeches &c
He was placed in an awkward position in the county nomination for Legislature. His particular & personal friend Chas Kellum had been won over to Fuller & was a Candidate & backed by Fuller men. The other candidate was his enemy
By getting two or three other candidates they barely succeeded in the nomination of J V Randall, who is not a very brilliant Representative but all right on the Senator question.
He lost warm friends by the course he pursued but has the approval of his consience.
Warns you to look out for Fuller.
He has laid his wires deep & well & may do mischief