Jno. J. Dupuy
May 16th, 1882
Mr. Editor: –Some kind friend in your issue of the 11th ultimo has in unmerited terms of compliment urged my name to be submitted to the people for congressman from the 10th District. This is an honor which any patriotic citizen would most highly appreciate. And to receive the support of a district, in every county of which I have many warm friends, who have sustained and encouraged my aspirations in the past, would add new beauty to the laurels it brings, and new strength to my determination to devote my life to the service of my country. It is true, as the communication says — Old Hardeman has some claims upon this District in naming the candidate provided it is for the good of the District. And if my friends, who have, or who may wish to confer this honor upon me, or it any considerable number of or citizens indicate a desire to this effect, I shall not pretend to any assumed modesty by disclaiming a wish to receive it. And I can say to them that if they go into the convention determined to secure the nomination for Hardeman, they will not find in he other counties a fraction opposition as I have assurances most favorable and encouraging of a similar good will toward me. Yet it is my wish and determination not to become an obstacle in the way of Democratic unity and success for the sake of personal preferment. I hold it to be the patriotic duty of every democrat to lend his aid and voice to the full restoration of the people’s party to power, the party that has withstood the usurpations of the opposition party of corrupt rings, and of centralization in its past history and whose traditions and principles have ever been in accord with the instincts of the farmers of this government, and its constitution from the beginning.
In a close district like the 10th, let democrats stand shoulder to shoulder, selecting our standard bearer and when selected, “with a long pull, a strong pull and a pull all together.” we will carry that banner to victory. So mote it be.
I am very Respectfully,
Jno. J. Dupuy.
[Bolivar Bulletin, Bolivar, Tenn., Thursday, May 25, 1882]