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Letter from Zachary Taylor to The Citizens of Philadelphia, Dec. 30, 1847.

To the citizens of Philadelphia:

BATON ROUGE, La., Dec. 30, 1847.

GENTLEMEN — Your polite communication of the 17th inst., in which I am kindly invited to participate with you in your celebration of the approaching anniversary of the victory of New Orleans, did not reach me until this morning.

Although now quite too late for me to reach your city by the appointed time, I deem it proper to state that had your letter reached me at an earlier date, I should yet, I regret to say, have been unable to accept your kind invitation. Private matters of much importance to me, and the fact that my professional services are at any moment at the disposal of the Government, render it necessary and proper, that during my short leave of absence from duty, I should remain in this vicinity. Be pleased, therefore, gentlemen, to convey to my fellow citizens of Philadelphia my sincere acknowledgments for this undeserved evidence of their kind consideration, and my great regrets that I am unable to make these acknowledgments to them in person, as I am thus compelled to forego the pleasure of meeting you on this interesting occasion.

I beg that you will accept in my stead, the following sentiment:

"The city of Philadelphia — The devoted patriotism of her citizens illuminates the brightest pages of our national history."

For yourselves, gentlemen, be pleased to accept the assurances of my esteem, and believe me to be,
Very respectfully,
Your obedient servant,
Z. TAYLOR, Maj. Gen. U. S. A.