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Letter from Zachary Taylor to Mr. McConkey, Feb. 15, 1848.

BATON ROUGE, La., Feb. 15th, 1848.

SIR: — I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your communication of the 3d inst.

In reply to your inquiries, I have to inform you that I have laid it down as a principle, not to give my opinions upon, or prejudge in any way the various questions of policy now at issue between the political parties of the country, nor to promise what I would or would not do, were I elected to the Presidency of the United States; and that in the cases presented in your letter, I regret to add, I see no reason for departing from this principle.

With my profound acknowledgments for the friendly sentiments towards me which you have been pleased to express,
I remain, sir, with great respect,
Your obedient servant,