but I cannot think it so, in deference
to the conditions or qualifications
quoted by Your Excly from the Secry of
State's Despatch. Personally such
a distinction has never been an
object of my ambition.
In communicating this view
of the matter, as the result of
careful reflection, permit me
to assure you that I do not the
less prize your good opinion, and
while I decline the honour, I
sincerly thank your Excy for
the kind manner in which
you have proposed it to me.
I remain, My Dear Sir Wm.
Yours very truly
(signed) J. Macarthur
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