Montpellier Feby. 19th. 1832.
I have received your letter of the 12th informing me; "that I have been unanimously elected to the Office of President by the American Colonization Society."
The great and growing importance of the Society, and the signal Philanthropy of its members give, to the distinction conferred on me, a value of which, I am deeply sensible.
It is incumbent on me, at the same time, to say, that my very advanced age, & impaired health leave me no hope of an adequacy to the duties of a station which I should be proud to perform. It will not the less be my earnest prayer, that every success may reward the labors of an Institution, which though so humble in its origin, is so noble in its object of removing a great evil from its own Country, by means which may communicate to another, the greatest of blessings. Be pleased to accept, Sir, my friendly salutations.
RC (DLC: American Colonization Society Papers).