Among the numerous letters received by Dr. Brown relative to the celebration was the following from Col. W.R. Leeds, Collector of the Internal Revenue in Philadelphia.
PHILADELPHIA, PA., May 18, 1870
Dear H.J. Brown
Dear Sir-- It is with great regret I find myself unable to accept your kind invitation to participate in your celebration of the Fifteenth Amendment in Baltimore on the 19th inst I have so long labored for and loved the great cause that I would love to join your true Maryland Republicans in their patriotic demonstration. I am with you in spirit, and hope nothing may occur to mar the pleasure of so joyous an occasion.
Wishing you God speed, I am, sincerely yours,
Wm. R. Leeds