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Declines attending a convention with regard to slavery. Feels attributes are the same between himself and writer, but no good will come out of it. Declines to sign an accompanying paper (probably a petition).
letter, McIlvaine, Chase
McIlvaine, Charles Pettit, "Letter to S. P. Chase" (1855). Charles Pettit McIlvaine Letters. 1.
Clifton March 29/55.
Your note + accompanying paper were duly recd. I shall be at [Maretta] + therefore unable to attend the Convention proposed on the first Wed. of May. But, while I suppose that is the abstract question of slavery + it circumstances, there is little difference of opinion between myself + many that will eye the paper, + with a [?] zeal in it object, I do not think that good, such as is sought, is likely to result from such a Convention + therefore must respectfully decline [?] the call.
C. P. McIlvaine