MVB to Edward Livingston, 7 December 1825
Deceb 7th 1825
I shall attend to your brothers concern. Mr. J. forgets what is due to the subject, to his friends & to myself. I
can conscientiously say that I never have, and I < unclear word> I never shall subject my course on a public question to the controul of my personal interests. I shall always listen with respect and < candor> to Any suggestion which may be made < to me> on the subject he speaks of consistent with this sentiment < unclear words>. & As I have no reason to doubt ^I shall always be <unclear word> with respect & <unclear words> & liberality^ There is not the remotest probability <of> I my committing myself in < unclear word> the matter at this session. The reasons agt. such a course ^it^ are obvious & conclusive. As I have no reason to doubt that ^Mr. J.^ his views are friendly & that he was unconscous of the impropriety of his suggestion I have only to ask that the matter ^<unclear word>^ be forgotten & that you be careful not to speak of it to any one. You know what a <unclear word> political gossips are apt to make of such things.