Isaac Leeser: Letter Accepting the Position Hazan

This source is originally printed in K.K.M.I Minutebook, and is printed in Isaac Leeser and the Making of American Judaism by Lance Sussman.
This Letter was sent from Leeser to the officials Joseph S. Cohen and L.M. Goldsmidt who were part of the search committee to find a hazan for Congregation Mickveh Israel on September 7, 1829
"Permit me to transmit through you, to the members of K.K [holy congregation] Mickveh Israel, my acceptance of the office of hazan, to which office they did honor to elect me on yesterday. In accepting this highly responsible station, I am fully alive to the various, and in a measure, new duties which devolve upon me. No man can be more aware than myself of my want of qualifications to acquit myself properly; but it shall be my constant aim to merit the indulgence, if not the confidence, of this respectable congregation by attending strictly, as far lies in my power, to the duties of my office so that I may never be accused of carelessness and negligence. It would be unbecoming in me to be more particular, as I do consider it wrong to make any promises which I might be unable to fulfill.
Accept for yourselves, gentlemen, my sincere thanks of the highly flattering matter in which you announced to me the result of the election; and be assured that your prosperity of the community you represent, will ever be gratifying to
Yours and the congregation's very Obedient Servant
Isaac Leeser."

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