James Kent to MVB, 15 April 1826
April 15th 1826
I thank you for the favor you have done me in sending me your Speech and the document on the Panama Mission.
I have read the former with pleasure and instruction. You have made an able, manly and eloquent argument, and without <confessing> to question the wisdom of the Decision, I feel myself at Liberty to say that the argument against the Policy and Expediency of the Mission, is placed in a strong and impressive light.
The recollection of the long & friendly Intercourse between us during the best part of my public life, <occurs> strongly and deeply, and permit me to assure you of my constant Respect an Esteem.