[Letter] 1839 Aug 26, Columbia, Tennessee [to] Bolling Gordon, Nashville, Tennessee / James K. Polk: a machine readable transcription of an image
Polk, James K.
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August 26, 1839
This is a letter from James K. Polk to Bolling Gordon, dated August 26, 1839. Polk is explaining that he will have to decline the dinner invitations he has received. Polk has however urged one of their friends to attend Gordon's upcoming party.
Columbia Augt [August] 26th 1839__My Dear Sir[added: Private]
When I was on the eve of leaving Nashville on saturday, I received your letter of the 21st and on my arrival at home on yesterday the letter of invitation in behalf of our Democratic Republican friends of the County of Hickman , to attend a public dinner [unclear: near ] Vernon on wednesday the 4th of September next__ I regret exceedingly that it will not be in my power to attend. I have now before me several similar invitations from other parts of the state, all of which I will be compelled to decline __ The time remaining to attend to indispensible [indispensable] private business & preface for the meeting of Legislature is [unclear: very short ] , and must be [unclear: devoted ] to their objects__ I am strongly [unclear: urged ] to accept an invitation at Courtland Alabama , and under
-stand that extrusive arrangements are making at Huntsville for a State celebration of the our [unclear: evitary ] , at which it is said the Government of Alabama & myself will be expected to be present__ My friends think I cannot with propriety decline them. I may go to them, but can illy spare the time__ All invitations within the State, I must decline, until after the meeting of the Legislature at least__ and must rely upon you to make the proper explanations to my friends in Hickman__ I have answered the letter of invitation of your Committee, and will mail the letter today [unclear: near ] Nashville, understanding that it will probably reach you them soonest by that route.__
I have written to our friend Cave Johnson urging him, by all means to attend your dinner, and ever since that he will do so, unless the State of his health__ shall prevent it.__
I am very Truly Your friend
James K Polk
Bolling Gordon Esqr. [Esquire]Hickman CountyTennessee