W[illia]m C[hristian] Bouck to MVB, 17 November 1826
Nov. 17. 1826
The Election is over, and Clinton has again succeeded. Aside from this, the triumph is complete—as it relates to Clinton, his success is almost a total defeat. He owes his Election to local and transient causes, and he must be satisfied that this is his last term under the general state of things.
Since my arrival here I find that the Federlist are endeavouring to create the impression among the friends of Judge Rochester that you had secretly aided the Election of Clinton, and I regret to say that the bait had partially taken with a few. I have had an interview with several gentlemen on this subject, and I believe effectually.
They cite as evidence of the fact, the result of the Election in New York, Weschester, Jefferson &c &c. I this afternoon had an interview with Col. Rochester, who is perfectly satisfied of your sincerity in the support of the Election of his son.
Judge Rochester left here for the east before my arrival, if he would write to his friends on this subject, it might be serviceable.
I am yours sincerely &c. &c
Wm C Bouck