Tho[mas] Ritchie to MVB, 11 March 1828
March 11, 1828.
I recd. the <Chautaghe> paper last Evening and had determined to exchange with it. I like the spirit of its 1st <illegible> very much.
I observe the Anti-Masonic fever begins to rage with more violence in the Western part of N.Y. For signs I should suppose, that the Administration intends to exasperate it in order to avail itself of the fanaticism which may be excited. To what extremities are they proceeding! I am prepared for any measure of desperation. If I am not mistaken, we may look for the most extraordinary <ages> during the ensuing summer & autumn. In Va we shall, comparitively speaking, escape <illegible> it; left for you in N. York, <D> Pa Ohio, & Kentucky, to witness the violence of the Tempest. I hope you will stand fast in N. York. I see they are attempting to produce a breach among the friends of Jackson, a consequence of the death of Mr. Clinton. I presume you had the strongest assurances of his opinions, after I left Albany, but in my Conversation with him, he spoke with the most determined opposition of the man in power as one of the most <
unpure> ^impure^ Administrations that had ever existed, as prostituting all their power and patronage to the purpose of keeping themselves in office, as having lost the <W.> <illegible> Trade, and he spoke of the travelling Cabinet as a thing unprecedented in the annals of our Country.
Will the tone, which he betrayed upon this subject, be weakened in its effects upon his friends, by his lamented death? Frankly, what do you think of the present prospects of your great state? Can we not count with much confidence upon a strong vote in that <Senate>? I see you have been named as Governor. It is presumptive in me to pretend to advise you, but I should suppose you ought to reserve yourself for another Destiny under the General Govt.
I am glad to see the Argus is <Calling> of a Convention to nominate the Governor &c. It will be advisably calculated to bring together the public sentiment, and to give a tone afterwards to public opinion. I <illegible> with <illegible>, how much we will rely upon N. York & upon you.
The next time you write to Mr. Butler, present my best Respects to him, and tell him how much we are all charmed by his two Eloquent speeches in the Legislature, over the <loss> of Mr. Clinton, and on the proposition to do something for his Children. Tell him, I shall forward him (to the care of <Mr.> Parish of N.<J>.) the law vols. which I promised to send him.
My kindest regards to Mr. Cambreleng. I have been too much occupied to write him, during the winter, and I am aware, that his important post at the head of the Committee has engrossed a great deal of his own time & attention. If he could drop me as a line giving a prophetic glaze as to the fate of the Tariff Bill, he would much oblige me.
All we have to fear is our friends. Mr. Randolph lately said, that Gen. Jackson can easily take care of his enemies; it was his friends whom he has reason to dread. We have seen some evidence of this truth very recently. What think you of Gov. Giles’s message and writings? His friends, however, must manage him better. I will make the Enqr. a sealed book to him henceforth. I fear you have some reasons to complain of our friends in Congress. Verbum sat!
I don’t know when I shall have the pleasure of seeing you. I shall visit Pha. probably this summer, with my second daughter to fix her at a French School, but I fear I shall not reach as far as N. York. On this 4th March, next I hope we shall have the pleasure saluting you on the Introduction of Gen. J. Should his banner be triumphant I am determined to see it float over the Capitol on the 4th March.
You great men are so much engaged this winter, that you have forgotten our double Sun flower seed. Can’t you obtain it from Albany?
With the best Wishes, Yours, Respectfully