Jabez Delano Hammond to MVB, 13 December 1833

Jabez D[elano] Hammond to MVB, 13 December 1833

Cherry Valley

Dear Sir,

I wrote you some time ago communicating some of my views in relation to future political transactions and afterwards requested my old Friend McIntyre to call on you in Newyork on the same subject. His answer is now before me; and upon reading it and also upon reflecting on the letter I wrote you I am apprehensive that my real object has not been so clearly stated as I intended.

I can not under any circumstances consent & I never will consent to be an Office Seeker. I have seen so many & such disgusting specimens of that class of man that I sicken at the thought of them. My real motive arose from this. I am a Unionist, perhaps an enthusiastic one. Considering the state of public feeling, the sectional interests & prejudices and the present organization of parties I consider your election as the successor of Gen. Jackson essential to the security of the perpetuity of the Union. Should every other Candidate either at the North or South be elected it would inevitably increase rather than diminish sectional hostilities. I did think that I might be placed in a situation which would enable me to do some good in producing an event in which I thought was in some degree involved the safety of our civil Institutions. But I know well that you can judge better than I whether any good would probably result from carrying into effect my project. If the little good I might do can be better done some other way I am for that other way. In particular I beg you to be assured do not in the least doubt your friendship for me; and provided you shall think I am mistaken in my views it will not in the slightest degree impair my confidence in your friendship. Had I have thought otherwise I could not have communicated with you at all. I wish you to act in reference to the great object and not with a view to gratify any Individual.

Mr. McIntyre informs me that some of your Albany Friends had intimated to you a suspicion that I was concurred in the publication of "The Wright Letter". I am sure you could not have believed it. I have indeed lived in vein if those who know me can suspect that I could have had any agency in publishing a confidential letter clandestinely obtained. Mr. Butler knows this insinuation is false.

Should ^you^ on reflection think favorably of my suggestion and should you deem the approbation of your Friends necessary or proper, in this quarter, I am quite sure that such approbation could be nearly unanimously obtained. Almost all the politicians in this and the adjoining Counties happen to be men who <are> much to me. All of them profess to feel and many of them no doubt do feel grateful.

As I shall not probably trouble you again on this subject allow me to repeat any conclusion to which you may arrive will be personally satisfactory to me.

I am very respectfully

Your Obedt servt

Jabez D. Hammond

I entertain the most painful apprehensions that a distinguished Statesman for whom I have felt the highest respect is covertly & indirectly sowing the <seeds> of disunion. It will occur to you that my <conscience> in the adjustment of the Accounts of the Uni State of N. york with the U. States I necessarily became acquainted with the details & mode of doing business in several of the public offices at Washington. J.D.H.

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