John P[eter] Van Ness to MVB, 3 November 1803
Novr. 3d. 1803
You possibly suppose that I feel an Indifference, or at least not that ardent sentiment of friendship, towards you which I have always professed. This
sentiment Impression may have been made on you from my long silence, but beleive me that is not the case. My Attachment to you is as strong as ever, and anything in my power to serve you I shall always take pleasure in doing. I would with great pleasure send you on such Sum of Money as you may require immediately, but, owing to the embarrassments here for the want of Money, it is by Heavens almost impossible to procure any whatever Property or Estate one may have. Add to this the extraordinary Expenses we are, owing to the peculiarity of our situation constantly obliged to incur, & you will have some Idea of my Affairs. I have long been in hopes that I would have been able to answer your letter with a One hundred Dollar Bill; but innumerable disappointments prevent. By God, my friend, Cash [. . .] out of my power; but if my Note for a Hundred Dollars at Twelve, or if necessary at Six, Months will answer Your purpose let me know, and it is at your service. But do not neglect your Improvement &c. This is the time for You. Your prospects are good, do not neglect them I beg of you. Write me immediately & frequently, however irregular I may be in my Answers. You can scarcely conceive the hurry of business I am constantly engaged in.
Your friend &c
John P. Van Ness
in great haste