From the Mississippi Department of Archives and History Governor Sharkey Collection. Letter from Thomas Coffman to Mississippi Governor William L. Sharkey concerning Reconstruction politics. Coffman states that he is traveling to Washington, District of Columbia, to meet with President Andrew Johnson at the request of Louisiana Governor James M. Wells. He seeks to controvert reports made to Johnson by John Cova De and other Republicans who support African American suffrage. Coffman asks Sharkey and Judge William Yerger to write supportive letters in solidarity with the political positions of Governor Wells.