June 27. 1828
I have recd. gentlemen, your note of the 23. inst. in which I am invited in such terms to partake with a portion of fellow Citizens of this County of a dinner on the approaching 4th. of July. The pleasure I should feel in meeting them on such an occasion, wd. be more than sufficient inducement to avail myself of the invitation but several circumstances will concur, at that time, in putting it out of power. I will not say that I regret it the more, as I sd. find among other friends, our distngd. County man now about to leave us on an important foreign Service. To yr. < > Gentn I offer my cordial & best wishes
Draft (DLC). Addressed to Reynolds Chapman, Fred T. Slaughter, Samuel Terrell, Jno. H. Lee, and Rich. M. Chapman.