--Calls having been made upon one by a portion of you, to know whether I would serve you in the Confederate Congress if elected, he reply: Whilst none, through a vain ambition, should seek a seat in the councils of the country, diffidence should not prevent any one from taking a position to which the people may call him.
The attention of the public is so absorbed in the conflict which is to decide the destiny of nations, that I regard it neither consistent with the wishes or tastes of the people to canvass the district, did time and engagements permit.
I therefore concur in the example set by a distinguished candidate for your favor, in declining one.
Should it be your pleasure to elect me, I shall endeavor to devote my humble abilities to the service of the country.
I tender my thanks to those of my friends and fellow citizens, whose partiality has indicated me as a suitable person for so responsible a station.
oc 2--6t* Jeremiah Morton