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We have had a terrible blow here for the last two days which has prevented the Steam Boat for Savannah from leaving here & which will probably detain me until tomorrow. I have received here a letter from Genl Marcy to which I have written an answer which you have doubtless seen. If I could have anticipated that the folks at Washington would have made so decided a push at me & that they... Continue Reading
Sender/Author: MVB
I send you my note <pble> to Mr <Butler> which from the best opinion I can form will be the most agreeable to you in consequence of my habitual absence. You will not I know suppose for a moment that this course is adopted from the least repugnance to endorse your paper for $15000. On the contrary it would give me pleasure to ^do^ so & if upon reflection you should prefer that... Continue Reading
Sender/Author: MVB
I send you the list desired by Mr <Cambreleng>. Our friends at Albany have done themselves the highest honor and carried dismay into the administration camp. What think you of the impertinence of Gales. The <illegible> <legislature> he says have been smuggled into their seats. What will they say to that report? What will the people at large say to it. The poor devil is desperate... Continue Reading
Sender/Author: MVB
Your very able & eloquent address to the Senate of the United States ^powerfully^ advocating the just claims of the surviving Officers of the Revolutionary Army (of which you did me the honor to favor me with a Copy) demands their most grateful & sincere acknowledgments. Of the few who remain all will I am persuaded Sir ever consider you as their friendly benefactor and no one can be more... Continue Reading
Sender/Author: Nicholas Fish
Recipient: MVB
I hope our friends will not be so foolish as to trust Peter. No honest intelligent man can certainly hope for his fidelity. So far from his certifying that he was in favour of Jackson being an inducement with me to vote for him I would rather do it if I would certify that he would never act with us again. I know him from top to bottom & know there are no sound timbers in wreck. Tell Marcy I... Continue Reading
Sender/Author: MVB
I send you the whole of Mr Wrights Speech. I hope our friends will immediately have it struck off & certainly circulated. This is the accepted time. Let the catastrophe follow instead of precede its appearance. Write me a long letter. I am struggling hard to get well but succeed but slowly. My best respects to Mrs. Flagg.
Sender/Author: MVB
I have spoken to Talcott & recd. for answer that neither he nor Mr Williams go to Plattsburgh but he requested that I should not mention his name as speaking in relation to Mr Williams going. My business here will unavoidably detain me until after the 24th.
Sender/Author: MVB
What I write to you is so far only confidential that you may in your best discretion communicate it to some of our friends as you think necessary. Mr Wright will soon be with you as well as <Keyes> & <Earl>. From them & our immediate friends in Albany, Knower Marcy & Croswell you know I have no secrets. The strong imposition previously made on the mind of Mr Adams &... Continue Reading
Sender/Author: MVB
I a few days since by accident saw a “public Advertiser” containing a piece addressed to you & alledging some Base & unworthy conduct on the part of the supposed author of Aristides.” You may rest assured that the assertion contained in it is false, feeling disagreeable on the subject I handed the paper to him and have received full assurances that you should be perfectly satisfyed... Continue Reading
Sender/Author: MVB
Recipient: DeWitt Clinton
We have again been beaten, most shamefully beaten. Notwithstanding the greatest possible exertions on our part, the embargo & the Idea of fFrench influence produced a most extraordinary Effect, ^many^ although satisfyed of the propriety & necessity of the measure, many Voted for the federal ticket in hopes of relief from the embarrassments produced by the present state of things, The... Continue Reading
Sender/Author: MVB
Recipient: DeWitt Clinton
From the proceedings of our County meeting you will perceive that we are correct if we are not as numerous as we might be. Our new Sheriff turned rather pale at the meeting when I introduced the resolutions but did not think fit to enter into a discussion he made a virtue of necessity with a tolerable good grace. He assured me that he would exert himself to prevent Willet from having a vote in... Continue Reading
Sender/Author: MVB
Recipient: DeWitt Clinton
I have once more with shame to inform you that this county has given 527 majority for Platt & about the same for Assembly & Congress. All the made Voters voted for assembly & Congress. If you look at the Votes between this year & last you will find that there have been about ^rising of^ 600 Votes made in the County of which our friends made about one third. In Chatham our friend... Continue Reading
Sender/Author: MVB
Recipient: DeWitt Clinton