ALS - Autograph Letter Signed

The writer of the enclosed is a young gentleman of strict integrity. Will you have the goodness to enable me to answer his letter?
Sender: MVB
I am sorry for the omission but there was enough <unclear word> <unclear word> ^to^ move without it. I did not receive your note until it was too late or I should have been with you. I have two accusations to make agt. you the one for neglecting to send me the corrected copy of the Speech & the other for taking the shine off of mine yesterday by making one forty times better... Continue Reading
Sender: MVB
Recipient: John Randolph
I wish you and Ms Dudley a Merry Christmass. If there was any thing of interest here to communicate I would write it, but there is not. People as yet keep themselves, to themselves, and watch the movements of the water. The elements of a determined & ultimately furious opposition are on the spot & wait only for opportunity to be put in motion. If Mr Adams had been here enough to have... Continue Reading
Sender: MVB
I wish you & your family not forgetting my <dearest> heart Miss Margaret a very merry Christmass. <unclear word> the day is dark & raining & except the promise of some pleasure at dinner with Mr & Mrs. McLane <unclear word> & every thing <else> appears to be out of sorts. Nothing has transpired of much interest in the political world. The Jackson men... Continue Reading
Sender: MVB
I have just been informed by L. Beardsley Esqr. that a new Suit has been made by the U. States, against my father and myself as sureties of my Brother J. Gates Jr. late Paymaster of U. S. Army. You are no doubt well acquainted with the result of this same Case tried before your <drst.> friend the Honl. Judge Skinner in May last. After two or three days examination of the Accounts it... Continue Reading
Sender: Gerrit Gates
Recipient: MVB
Immediately on the receipt of yours I sent the enclosed to Mr Barbour. If it is of service I will be most gratified. Will not the fact that Col. Wool is from Nyork operate agt. you. Let me know what may be said on that subject. Tell <Abrm> to write me
Sender: MVB
I have heard with the most lively satisfaction the of the course taken by you in the Senate in relation to the nomination of my friend Conkling. It was <unclear word> it was kind & magnanimous. I have advised Conkling of it. Your generous conduct is entitled to the warmest gratification of him and his Friends. It will I trust be remembered and duly appreciated by them, but ^by them^ now... Continue Reading
Recipient: MVB
I have to acknowledge the receipt of a letter from you. The period has not yet arrived here for interesting political events but is rapidly approaching. Genl Root has made <us> a visit to the <unclear word> and does not appear to have any <unclear word> to be <gratified>, I mean political <unclear word>. He is in favour of Young for speaker & Livingston for Clerk... Continue Reading
Recipient: MVB
Enclosed you will find a letter addressed to yourself about my brother William, for whom I am anxious to obtain orders for Entering into the service. It is such a letter as I supposed you might with propriety transmit (as you suggested) to the Secretary of the Navy. I regret that I was out of town when you called at my house, but was pleased to learn that there would be no difficulty about my... Continue Reading
Recipient: MVB
I have concluded to make no arrangement on the Subject of Quarters until I arrive in Washington. I have had conversations with Forsyth & McLane on the Subject & must see them before I determine. Those two Gentlemen, (or the former only if the latter takes his wife down) VerPlank yourself & myself would make an excellent mess. Write to the <Frenchman>. Take care of the Election... Continue Reading
Sender: MVB
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