N[icholas] Biddle to MVB, 19 December 1826
Decr. 19. 1826
My dear Sir.
Immediately on receiving your note yesterday I sent for the wine merchant and directed him to put up for you two dozen of the wine you requested. He has accordingly brought us the inclosed bill of lading & as the packet sails today, you will probably be in possession of the box before the end of the week. There is one point however on which I have ventured as your representative to disobey my constituents. This wine merchant, an <illegible> of drinks & wine advised that it should be sent in its present state without being <illegible> off. Genl Cadwalader who <illegible> to be with me, was decidedly of the same mind, and as the merchant promised to select the best corks, & pack it with the utmost care,
this in addition to its going ^and as it was to go^ all the way by water ^I^ determined <illegible> to not to <illegible> damaged. It appeared to me indeed that there is a <graciousness> & originality of <illegible> in the first <illegible> of an old cork, like the first communication of a confidential message ^to the Senate^ when the < information> ^seal^ of secrecy < illegible> ^is^ removed, that is lost in the process of rebottling. If this occasion shall not be as successful as I could wish, I beg leave to <say> as the politicians < illegible> ^say to^ their constituents on such occasions, <express> my regrets and hope that it will not prevent my being employed in future when more important <illegible> shall be <illegible>. I request you to present my respects to <illegible>, & to believe me
with great respect