A Card.--I wish to say a word to the kind friends who have placed me in nomination for the approaching State Convention. In the present grave conjuncture of affairs, no citizen should be deterred, even by a sense of personal unfitness, from attempting any service to which the public voice may call him. He should recognize the public right to decide for him in such a case. But it seems to me, that he who would deal worthily with the momentous issues which the deliberations of the Convention will present, should go into it sustained and animated by a sense of support from the great body of the community of which he is a member, and which he seeks to represent. Nor should he owe his seat to the partiality of personal friendship, and divisions of opinion arising from the disturbing solicitations of a canvass; but his fitness should be marked in advance by unerring indications of the public approval. Not perceiving in my own case the existence of these conditions,--on which alone a place in the Convention would be agreeable to me — and being unwilling to embarrass my friends in their choice among others who may justly claim a larger share of the public confidence, I respectfully decline being a candidate. R. T. Daniel.
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