Want to save this letter now that you've found it?
It's easy - just create your own collection of letters after signing up for a free account.
My dear Sir,
I beg you to listen to the following oracular sentences which if they have no other inspiration are dictated by a public regard for you & for the Country.
Do not leave your present position!
If you do, you descend
You must hereafter be only a king or a king maker.
You can do nothing abroad which you cannot do better while you remain here & speak thro your agents as Secretary you are the Gov* as a Minister you are the Government's agent.
Then if you go who is to take your place?
Some transcendentalist some cobweb spinner.
So stay stay
Having delivered myself of these profundities I descend from my tripod & am
- Nicholas Biddle
- The correspondence of Nicholas Biddle Dealing With National Affairs 1807