Galesburg Feb. 10th 1843
Mr. Gale read your letter which was the bearer (?--ink blot)
of great satisfaction to Susan as it allayed her fears about
her children being sold into slavery—Mr. Gale wished me to
write you respecting the kind of proof which will be needed
on the trial of Borders at (illegible) term as I was more
familiar with the law than he is—the law under which he
holds the children is the third law of an "act concerning
apprentices" in the revised statutes. You will see by that
act that there must be the consent of a parent there is
any if not a guardian certified on the indenture which is
wanting. Also there must be an exact copy recorded in the
office of the Probate Justice at the date of the same.
Now we want you examine that office well and ascertain the
fact and whether if it is found it should appear probable
that the one was put there in 1837 or has been added since.
You can tell whether the whole has been a forgery since
Borders's visit here or not--the indentures shown here at
the trial are evidently defective and would not be admitted
as proof sufficient to clear him before an unprejudiced
court and jury but a proslavery spirit prevades our committee.
We wish you to make all the enquiries you can
in the case. Your search of records will be confined to the
Probate Office—try to ascertain when and where those
indentures and by whom they were written. Borders told me
they were copied from Judge (illegible).
If you find some individuals who will be of use at the trial
we will have them subpoened for the trial. We wish you to
fix your business so as to be here the 2nd (?) Monday of
June—young James Borders while here made such threats about
you as would