Letter from Sylvester Emmons, 29 January 1843

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Jan 29— 1843
Dear Sir
Many enquiries are made of me who is going to run for Mayor of the I have generally answered that you was a candidate for reelection which I presumed to be the fact— still some say they are credibly informed that you do not wish to run for the office in consideration of which a number of my friends solicit me to run (my friends being your friends for I wish no others) now Sir if you decline <​intend​> running it will meet with my hearty approbation as there is no other person upon whom the office could devolve that would perform its incumbent duties with as much justice and fidelity as yourself, and in whose administration the dignity of the office would be preserved and the best interests of the promoted— In that case I would not suffer my name to be mentioned as a candidate— but if you decline running and de[l]ight to favor me with your support I would be a candidate for the suffrages of Citizens of among whom as far as I am known I think there is not one hostile feeling if I am to judge from the kind and hospitable manner in which they have always treated me though bound with them [p. [1]]
Jan 29— 1843
Dear Sir
Many enquiries are made of me who is going to run for Mayor of the I have generally answered that you was a candidate for reelection which I presumed to be the fact— still some say they are credibly informed that you do not wish to run for the office in consideration of which a number of my friends solicit me to run (my friends being your friends for I wish no others) now Sir if you intend running it will meet with my hearty approbation as there is no other person upon whom the office could devolve that would perform its incumbent duties with as much justice and fidelity as yourself, and in whose administration the dignity of the office would be preserved and the best interests of the promoted— In that case I would not suffer my name to be mentioned as a candidate— but if you decline running and delight to favor me with your support I would be a candidate for the suffrages of Citizens of among whom as far as I am known I think there is not one hostile feeling if I am to judge from the kind and hospitable manner in which they have always treated me though bound with them [p. [1]]
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