Letter from Zachary Taylor to Brantz Mayer, May 1, 1848.
BATON ROUGE, La., May 1, 1848.
DEAR SIR — I have by this day's mail received a copy (duplicate) of your letter of March 21, with an enclosed copy of the proceedings of a meeting held by the citizens of Baltimore who are friendly to my election to the Presidency.
The political sentiments embraced in the preamble and resolutions adopted at that meeting, I rejoice to say, meet with my cordial approval and assent. No movements in any part of the country, having the object to offer testimonials of honor and respect towards myself, or to advocate my election to the Presidency, have caused in me more lively pleasure, or demand more my gratitude.
You will please do me the favor to make known my acknowledgments to the citizens of Baltimore for the unexpected and unmerited honors they have conferred upon me, in such manner and terms as you may deem most proper.
They are obligations which, should the votes of the country be cast in my favor, it will most surely be my endeavor to redeem to themselves and to all the people of our country.
I must be permitted to add that, as they have, with so much confidence, placed my name in nomination before the country on their own responsibility, free from party action and the exaction of pledges from myself, I shall serve them strictly as a constitutional and not as a party President (in the event already alluded to) — and as my ability will permit.
Please accept my thanks for the kind sentiments you have, in forwarding the proceedings of the meeting, been pleased to express to me.
With sentiments of cordial respect and regard,
Your most obedient servant,
To Brantz Mayer, Esq., Secretary Public Meeting in Baltimore.