L[ouis] McLane to MVB, 21 January 1826
Jan. 21, '26
My Dear Sir,
After your suggestion the other day, I tho't it barely possible that I had in the number of matters at the beginning of the session mistaken ^in^ my memory my intention for the fact, and therefore wrote again to Mr: Sergeant. I recd. today the enclosed answer. In my letter to him, I used duplicity ^<enoh>^-pardon the word—<
enough> to say I had made the communication to you without committing him. My motive was to save any personal explanations hereafter, and even the little delicacy & slyness always attending such things < often> under the most satisfactory circumstances & with the best feelings. For these reasons I hope to receive favor in the eye of a diplomatist for this <illegible> act.
Yours very truly
Return me Sergeants' letter.
Enclosure: John Sergeant to L[ouis] McLane, 18 January 1826.