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Charlotte, N. Ca. [North Carolina] June 12th, 1854
To Dr. J. C. [John C.] Young.
Dear Sir. Although I gave my consent some weeks ago for you to have me considered a candidate for the Professorship of Mathematics in Centre College, I feel after further time and consideration, strongly urged to ask you to excuse me from being considered a candidate. It was not without doubt and hesitation that I gave my consent; and the difficulties which were then in my way, have since seemed to increase. The considerations are mainly those which usually weigh in cases of removal to such a distance: viz. the situation of private affairs, the severance of family ties, the leaving of kindred, acquaintances, and state at my time of life, besides the probability that my pecuniary gain would not be much increased, nor the interest and comfort of my family promoted by the removal. I should regret very much the idea of being the cause of serious disappointment to you or your Board of Trustees,
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and rather than be such cause, I would agree to be nominated; but I do not apprehend any such consequence from the withdrawal of my name. I would like to try that position in your College fully as well as in any with which I am acquainted, were it convenient; but duty at present seems to forbid. Whilst, therefor, I acknowledge my strong obligations for the kind part you have acted towards me, I must ask you to withhold my name from nomination at the approaching election. With high respect and esteem, I am yours etc.
M. D. [Mortimer D.] Johnston