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Hale writes that he has been so "harrassed with business" that he has "had but little time to attend to any thing else, or even to think of aught beside." "I have had to continue almost alone against the whole pack of profligate & venal newspaper Editors set upon me."
Bradford September 14 1845
Your letter written some weeks since requesting me to address the Mercantile Library Association was only received, & the only reason why it was not answered, was that I was at a loss what answer to send you. The truth is I have been so harassed with business which had been deranged[?] somewhat by my absence at Washington, & my position politically in which I have had to continue almost alone against the whole pack of profligate & venal newspaper Editors set upon me that I have had but little time to attend to any thing else, or even to think of aught beside. I am answering your last letter from one of the interior towns of our State when I am on a political tour preparations to our special congressional election which takes place on the 23d inst. I mention this to excuse any apparent neglect of your former letter. I will endeavor to comply with your request. As to the time when I shall fulfill this engagement, I should wish that it might be the first of January next, not before that time.
With much respect
Your John P. Hale
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Hale, John P., "John Hale letter acknowledging a request to speak at the Mercantile Library Association, September 14, 1845." (1845). Broadus R. Littlejohn, Jr. Manuscript and Ephemera Collection. 284.
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