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He is honored, but declines an invitation.
ALS: "C. Cushing" as Whig Congressman from Massachusetts, 1p, 8x10. Washington, 1841 July 17. To R.E. Lockwood. In full: "I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your two letters of the 30th June & the 16th July. After giving to this subject my best consideration, having reference to the probable duration of the present session of Congress, and the multiplicity of necessary engagements likely to devolve upon me in the short vacation which is to follow, I feel myself under the necessity of declining the invitation of the Association. I feel gratified to the Committee for their kind expressions, & for the honor of the invitation & it is with reluctance that I have come to the conclusion not to accept it." Docketed on verso: "Caleb Cushing/Washington D.C. July 17. 1841/declining". Cushing later served as U.S. Minister to China (1843-1845) and Pierce's Attorney General (1853-1857). He had been a northerner with outspoken southern sympathies during the Pre-Civil War period. His views haunted him politically later in life. In 1873, President Grant nominated Cushing for Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. However, political antipathy from his earlier days ran strongly against Cushing, and he ultimately asked the President to remove his nomination. Folds not touching signature, lightly creased. Pinhead-size stain touches 1 word and tackhead-size smudge touches another. Overall, fine condition.

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Born: January 17, 1800 in Salisbury, Massachusetts
Died: January 2, 1879 in Newburyport, Massachusetts

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