MVB to G[orham] A[lfred] Worth1, 1 January 1825
Jany 1 1825
My dear Sir,
Now, as heretofore, I will not suffer the warm current of my friendship for you to be checked by the character & kind of your associate#. If I can be of any service in the affair you allude to It will give me pleasure to be so; though <I thusly> necessarily serve the bitterest enemy I, probably, have in the world. The course is a petition to congress, setting forth the case with documents. <unclear words> should be committed to ^the attention of^ some active member in the house & it would be of great service to have some one here to attend to it. Make my best respects to Mrs W.
At the top of the page, Worth wrote the following:
My Associate! A man disliked by me above all others & the only association was that his, name happened to be affixed to a bond, to which mine was also unfortunately attached. As for my “associations” they have been almost exclusively confined to the vain, the consequential, & the politically great! Senat[o]rs, <Corrupt> Fathers, <Governors> & the pious heads of the church! Bad Company I confess, but the charge comes from the wrong quarter GAW