Letter from Nathaniel Cutting to Eugene Vail, July 22, 1823

ID: SIA RU007051 [SIA_007051_S02_B01A_F05_D18]


Form/Genre: Letters (correspondence)

Date: 1823

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7051, Columbian Institute Records, Image No. SIA_007051_S02_B01A_F05_D18

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Letter from Nathaniel Cutting, resigning his membership in the Columbian Institute. Dated 22 July 1823.

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  • July 22, 1823

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Letters (correspondence)

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Washington City. D.C. July 22[[superscript]]d[[/superscript]]. 1823._____ Mr. Eugene Vail. Sir, I did not arrive at my Office yesterday, until [[underlined]]past Twelve o' Clock[[/underlined]]; and during the Hours I remained there afterwards, I was so closely occupied by Public Concerns,-- that I could not then reply to your friendly Communication which awaited me on my Desk.-- By the Copy of a Resolution of the [[underlined]]Columbian Institute[[/underlined]] which you were pleased to transmit for my information,-- I perceive you are one of a Committee of that respectable Association appointed to ascertain whether, or not, certain Persons, [[underlined]]heretofore[[/underlined]] Members of that Institution, wish still to be considered as belonging to it, under its present organization?--- I feel much obliged by the kind condescension of the Committee in submitting this alternative to my option: and beg leave to remark that during a period of nearly seven years last past, I have resided principally in the Country adjacent to the Metropolis, at a distance of four to five miles; which rendered it extremely inconvenient for me to attend the stated Meetings of the Society; I do not remember distinctly that I [[underlined]]formally[[/underlined]] bade adieu to the [[underlined]]Association[[/underlined]], or that [[underlined]]it formally[[/underlined]] dismissed [[underlined]]me[[/underlined]] as an unworthy member; but I have some faint recollection of having long ago imparted such [[underlined]]an intention[[/underlined]] to the late President Meigs. Whether I did so, or not, is not very important at this moment; but as I still continue to reside at a distance of nearly five miles from the Capitol, I must beg leave to be considered, definitively, as [[underlined]]not being a Member of the Columbian Institute[[/underlined]]. This Institution always has had, and always will have, my best wishes for success in its laudable Endeavours to promote Science & the Useful Arts; and may each Individual Member long enjoy the consciousness of having [[underlined]]deserved well of his Country[[/underlined]] by his personal exertions to benefit Society! I am, with due Respect, Sir, Your obed[[superscript]]t[[/superscript]]. hum[[superscript]]l[[/superscript]]. Serv[[superscript]]t[[/superscript]]. Nat. Cutting. [[Signature is ornamented with an assortments of curlicues]] P.S. The Resolve is inclosed as you requested.
[[paper in landscape format, folded in three]] [[left-hand section is blank]] [[center section]] Nath[[superscript]]l[[/superscript]]. Cutting Resigns his membership. July 22[[superscript]]d[[/superscript]]. 1823 [[/center section]] [[right-hand section]] From Nathaniel Cutting, resigning his membership in the Columbian Institute. [[double line]] dated 22[[superscript]]d[[/superscript]]. July, 1823. [[double line]] [[/right-hand section]]