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ACCEPTANCE OF THE OFFICE OF SENATOR OF

THE UNITED STATES.

IETTER TO THE LEGISLATURE OF MASSACHUSETTS,
14TH MAY, 1851.

Read in the Senate by Hon. Henry Wilson, President, and in the House of Representatives by Hon. N. P. Banks, Speaker.

FELLOW-CITIZENS OF THE SENATE AND HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES:

I HAVE received by the hands of the Secretary of the Commonwealth a certificate, that, by concurrent votes of the two branches of the Legislature, namely, by the Senate, on the 22d day of January, and by the House of Representatives, on the 24th day of April, I was duly elected, in conformity to the provisions of the Constitution and Laws of the United States, a Senator to represent the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, in the Senate of the United States, for the term of six years, commencing on the 4th day of March, 1851.

If I were to follow the customary course, I should receive this in silence. But the protracted and unprecedented contest which ended in my election, the

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