This letter dated January 8, 1945 is written from John H. Lumpkin in Washington City to his brother-in-law, William Crutchfield. The primary focus of this letter is the issues surrounding the 1844 Election of James K. Polk. Lumpkin goes into detail about the comparison of the Democratic and Whig platforms and provides his opinion on issues such as western expansion, economic tariffs, and the National Bank, which were important platforms in the 1844 election. He also provides his speculations for Polk's actions upon inauguration one of which, notably, is the annexation of Texas. Perhaps the correspondence is a political discussion between Lumpkin and Crutchfield.