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To James M. Estes, Wm. M. Caldwell, and others.

--Gentlemen: In reply to your call, which appears in the Dispatch of this morning, I can only say that, whilst the magnitude of the interests involved in the contest now raging in the country, and the greatness of the responsibility which will weigh upon the Convention, takes from me all anxiety to be a member of that body, they, at the same time, forbid me to decline any position to which the people of Richmond may call me. If, therefore, they shall be pleased to elect me to the Convention, I will discharge the trust with all the ability I possess, and certainly with fidelity to the great interests involved.

My opinions have already been expressed in a public meeting of the citizens of Richmond, and I have heard nothing since to change them. My opinion is: Safety and security in the Union, or out of it. Peachy R. Grattan.

January 18th, 1861. ja 19--ts

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