MVB to the Cordwainers of Philadelphia, 15 February 1834

MVB to [the Cordwainers of Philadelphia], 15 February 1834

Washington

Dear Sir,

I have recd. your letter transmitting to me the resolutions of the <illegible> <members> adopted at ^by the^ a meeting of Cordwainers of the City of Philadelphia ^which was held^ at <illegible> Hotel on the 4th instant, expressing also on ^which expressed on my^ behalf of a number of the craft the high esteem in which they do me the honor to hold me and requesting also ^inviting me^ in their behalf to a public dinner to be given by them on my return from Washington as a testimony of their approbation of my public course.

I have <illegible> read the resolutions of the meeting you represent with the greatest satisfaction: They breathe in my judgment the true spirit which the occasion calls for; & I cannot permit myself to doubt that if the Executive President is sustained with the same patriotic ardour by the great body of our Citizen, he will not fail so far as that ^it^ depends upon him, to carry the Country with safely through the present vitally interesting crisis in its affairs.

For the invitation a public dinner which has been so Kindly extended to me I beg you to make to those you represent my warmest acknowledgments. It has so happened, that although in the course of a political life already of considerable ^duration^ I have been frequently honored with a similar compliment by different portions of my Fellow Citizens & have never yet in a single instance accept availed myself of their Kindness in this regard. I greatly desire prefer to continue in that course and it is not my intention to depart from it at any time hereafter except under circumstances of the most imperative character. My reasons for this preference you will I know excuse me from it cannot be necessary now to state and nor can it be so to say that are in no degree <founded> upon the Slightest insensibility to the good opinion of my Countrymen. With this explanation I Know I can count with confidence upon the indulgence of your friends to excuse me for respectfully declining their ^Invitation^. Should it any time hereafter be convenient for me to spend a short time in your City it will give me much pleasure to see them personally and to assure them if that would be necessary of the <equality> of my respect for private worth & public usefulness whether found in the more <illegible> higher station of public life or in the more humble <illegible> and often more useful pursuits of private life.

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