MVB to C[hurchill] C[aldom] Cambreleng, 1 February 1829
Jan Feby 1st 1829
My dear Sir
I have recd. both 1 & 2 thank you kindly for them. I had not received either when I wrote you upon the subject of the message. If I was the vainest man in the whole world I would be abundantly satisfied
by ^with^ the measure of praise you have more in kindness than justice seen fit to bestow upon it. To dispose of the most important matter first, Mrs. Rives has not given activity to her known kindness for my benefit. Were she half sensible of the anxiety with which I have looked for her promised communication she would not defer my promised gratification much longer. Remember me to her & her worthy husband. Tell the latter that if he does not write me a long letter soon < illegible> he shall not be the next Virginia President. Remember me also very kindly to our friend Col Drayton. I hope you have invited him with his old powers & ^that^ he wields them with his usual mildness & indulgence. You have answered your own questions very satisfactorily to me upon the subject of D. As you truly say, what might be perfect justice & sound policy would under existing circumstance be regarded as martyrdom. I notice your remarks in regard to our anxious friend & have confirmation of the justice. His extreme solicitude gives me pain. I hope sincerely that he may succeed. What a creature Storrs is! He writes to his friend Hammond here ^in substance^ as follows "Van Buren will not be in the Cabinet. Of the why I shall not speak, strange developments have been made here." What a commentary upon his calling on me on his way down to say that he was a non-committal in relation to the future. Write me as often & as fully as you can. I have nothing to write you in which you take much interest. I have never worked so much in six months as I have during the last thirty days. My occupation is incessant & very irksome. I yesterday nominated Gov Tompkins son in law ^Westervelt^ for Health officer to the great disappointment of all the other candidates & yet I had not the slightest doubt upon the subject. How does the General VR come on, & what of Mrs. Everett & the professor. Ask the admiral to see that Mrs <Duatus> Bill gets through. Make my best respects to him & all our members that is our friends. What says Mr Clay & how does Mr Adams talk & look.
In haste yours sincerely
P.S I read your speech on the Oregon business with delight. I protest that it is not within a design to flatter
that when I say to you that your standing has greatly improved during the present session. Such is the universal impression.