MVB to Isaac Hill, 13 July 1825
July 13th 1825
My dear Sir,
I have spent some time in Nyork but on a closer view of the whole ground did not find our friends as fully sensible of their actual condition as I thought they were and as I am persuaded they will be in a short time. To have moved in the business now might have created a new schism in the party which I am convinced may be avoided by a little delay. I therefore contented myself with showing your letter in strict confidence to one of our friends who ranks among the first in point of [. . .] intelligence with advice to open a direct correspondence with you whenever in his judgment the condition of things in NYork shall render it proper to do so. I thank you for your hints on the subject of your new Senator. I will endeavor to improve them to advantage. Mr Bell is If I mistake him not an inflexible Democrat who never will knowingly become a party to ^a^ course of measure which have for their object <
to> to <subsume> the spirit and destroy the influence and identity of the old Republican Party. I shall be most agreeably disappointed if it does not soon become the duty of all <illegible> to speak out upon the subject.
<It would> always give me pleasure to hear from you
[. . .]
Mr Van Buren