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HON. HENRY A. WISE.-On passing through Petersburg, Va., a few days since this gentleman received an invitation to a public dinner, to which he replied as follows: BATTERSEA, August 3rd, 1838.
Gentlemen :-I have to return you my most grateful acknowledgements for the invitation, in behalf of the Whigs of Petersburg, "to a public dinner to be given on any day convenient to" myself, which you did me the honor to present in person this morning.
I arrived here a few days since, and have been delayed in passing to the White Sulphur Springs by the kindness of friends, without the least expectation of this manifestation of regard, or a greeting like this in "a land of strangers." But Whigs know each other by the instincts of gentlemen and of patriots, and under ordinary circumstances I should be tempted to obey your request; especially, when I find myself assured that you have seized on the occasion of my casual visit here to examine a design long entertained of paying me the compliment of a public dinner as a testimonial of your.respect and approbation. I hardly dare decline to name a day for the cloth to be spread around whose board we should learn to know each other better and pledge to be better Whigs than we now are, even in the day of our Country's trial, and it may be our Country's triumph too.
But, gentlemen, I regret to add that a severe attack of disease, which commenced before I left home, and prostrated me quite by the time I reached the hospitable mansion of your neighbor, Judge May, has deprived me of the bodily strength to do the duty of table-talk or any other kind of dinner service; and an appointment to start on my journey to morrow-morning, will compel me to decline your invitation.
A better day, however, is coming, I hope, for us and all the Whigs of the Union. 1 hope I shall soon be invigorrated by the genial air and waters of our own native mountains, and, if God spares me even to return this way home, I will tell you when I can meet you. Cordially meet you as brethren of the same faith and the same fathers, in the meat and the drink of a Whig dinner, to gather new strength and catch new inspiration in a cause of which every patriot should be proud, and in which every Virginian should never tire.
May the genius of our Country, whose is that cause, and the avengers of her wrongs, and the People are they, conspire to keep Petersburg an asylum of the thrifty free and a holy abiding place of their principles and their house-hold Gods. I am, gentlemen, gratefully yours. HENRY A. WISE. To Messrs. J. D. Townes, P. Durkin, Jno. Bragg, P. C. Spencer, W. Robertson and Jabez Smith-Committee.
GEORGE CAMPBELL, D. D.
PRINCIPAL OF THE MARISCHAL COLLEGE, ABERDEEN.
In Two Tolumes.
Certo sciant bomines, artes inveniendi solidas et veras
BAC DE AUGM. SCIENT. 1. v. c. 3.
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