Excerpt from Eleventh Annual Report of the City of Rochester, New Hampshire: For the Year Ending December 31st, 1902
Allow me first to express my heartfelt thanks and appreciaa tion for the honor which the voters of the city have conferred upon me in electing me for the fourth time to the highest posia tion that it is within their power to bestow, Mayor of the City of Rochester. Whoever receives these honors must or should assume the responsibilities. I fully realize that the position to which I have been called is a most difficult and troublesome one. It would have been more comfortable to me personally if I could have seen my way clear to avoid the responsibility which now devolves upon me. Not feeling it advisable to do this at this time, I accept the situation, feeling myself under a double obligation to do that which seems to me to be for the city's best interest and for that of the larger number of its in habitants in general, and I promise you that I will strive to serve the public under all circumstances and conditions to the best of my ability so far as the conditions will admit. There is always a tendency to criticise public officials in their actions. There is a great deal of this criticism which in my opinion is not always just or fair. It is caused in a great measure by the fact that people who so act as critics do not look at the matter under consideration from all points of view, and they do not at all times have as thorough an understanding of the situation as do those whose duty it is to act.
And now, gentlemen, I ask for your hearty support in all matters pertaining to the city after due consideration, if found to be for the best interests of our citizens in general.
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