the present state of the country, I consider myself bound to yield to your wishes, and those of other friends by whom I have heretofore been solicited to become a candidate.
The time between this and the day of election is so short that the people of the district cannot meet in Convention, and select a candidate whose sentiments could be generally made known to them.
Otherwise, I should prefer to wait, to learn and defer to their ascertained preference.
As it is, I shall endeavor to inform the voters of my opinions upon all subjects likely to be considered in Convention.
I shall attend the public meetings in the district, and use all means in my power to acquaint them with my views.
I tender you my warm thanks for your kind appreciation of my capacity to represent you in this critical and alarming condition of public affairs.--If elected, I shall discharge my duty faithfully and fearlessly to my State, to whom I owe allegiance. Most faithfully. Lewis E. Harvie.