Duval dedicated himself to stirring up political outrage about the Black Seminoles in Washington. A prolific writer, he fired off angry letters to anyone who would listen -- newspaper editors,
southern politicians, government bureaucrats. In one of his letters to President Polk, he ominously warned
against any attempt to classify the blacks as free:
"The consequences of the subject going into Congress anyone can foresee, and I desire to avert the calamitous excitement which it would cause, shaking the Union to its center
-- a perfect 'firebrand' to be thrown among the discordant and combustible materials on the floor of Congress."
Sources: Littlefield Seminoles 110-11.
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