Decr. 20th. 1834
—I have recd. fellow Citizens your letter inviting me in behalf of the New England society in N. York to a dinner on the 22d. Inst., their anniversary celebration of the principles & virtues of their pilgrim Fathers. The obstacles to my acceptance of the invitation being insuperable I can only express my acknowledgments for the kindness & politeness which dictated it.
The exalted feelings which determined the Pilgrims to seek in a new world, through the perils & sufferings to be encountered, the liberty religious & civil denied them in the old; and the fruits of their heroic virtues, in the multiplied blessings now enjoyed by their expanding posterity cannot fail to inspire admiration & gratitude.
With an assurance of my cordial sympathy in these sentiments, I tender that of the great respect & good wishes which I pray may also be accepted.