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Scope and Content From the Collection: This collection consists of a letter from Elias G. Drake of New York City to Virginia Senator William Segar Archer. Writing on June 28, 1844, Drake comments on their shared interest in the success of the fledgling American Republican Party (later to become the Native American Party, or "Know Nothings"). Drake expresses concern that "some aspiring individuals who pretend to belong to the American Party" favor the candidacies of separate tickets for Congress and state legislatures in the...