I should do injustice to the best feelings of my heart were I not, on this occasion, to express a becoming sense of gratitude for the enviable and honorable distinction, so recently conferred upon me, in elevating me to the supreme Executive authority of the State-a distinction the more highly prized from the flattering circumstances under which it was conferred. An expression of public sentiment through the suffrages of freemen, for an office within their gift, for which it was my earnest personal desire not to be a candidate.
Moseley, William Dunn
"Inaugural Address of Governor Moseley, June 25, 1845,"
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 23:
4, Article 5.
Available at: https://stars.library.ucf.edu/fhq/vol23/iss4/5