MVB to [Judith] Rives, 6 April 1834
April 6th 34
my dear friend
I take much blame to myself for not sooner acknowledging your kind and acceptable letter. But I have been a good deal indisposed, & what with people shooting themselves, state funerals, and <
illegible> ^the^ <exhibitions> of disappointed, and desperate, & <daring> politicians, playing their bad hands in the worst way, I have not, I fear, always <proved> my equanimity. The glorious vote of Friday has however dispelled the gloom & I embrace the first moment of sunshine to thank you for your acceptable letter & for saying to you that your husbands last speech has been read with the greatest satisfaction by us all. Our State is in motion, & at about every meeting, indeed any one I have yet seen, a resolution is passed approbatory of his conduct. If he continues to treat me with the neglect he has hitherto done, & if you do not make up for it, which I do not hesitate to say I would greatly prefer, I shall put an end to these encomiums. So let him take notice, & beware. I have bet Mr Clay a suit of Clothes that he will beat Mr Leigh. If I lose the Clothes I shall draw on the <productions> of Castle-Hill for the amount. In good <illegible>, advise me of the prospects abroad. We are all on tiptoe here about the Virginia & Nyork elections. Must we again take the Shine off of the Old Dominion? You ask me whether I do not feel some <compunctions> visiting when I pass your deserted dwelling? I say no. First <because> you, & I and every body Know what <illegible> results have <illegible> from a <step>, about which I confess I felt great anxiety. This will do without adding that my sweet tempered friend Mr Poindexter is in the possession of it, & I am thereby supplied < illegible> not only with an agreeable neighbour, but have daily food for reflection upon the contrast. To be serious I have really suffered greatly from your absence, and have yet had the courage to find a substitute for my <illegible> visits. But it is all for our Country, & as good patriots we must submit with cheerfulness. Your good fried Mr Hatch is in the daily habit of inquiring about ^you^ and we have a little chat of that kind every morg before he goes to work. He is an excellent little man, & I have taken to him very much. As Mrs. Van Rensselaer’s letter has had so good an effect upon you, I send an other, which you will have the goodness to return. There is, I am happy to Know, one word in it, & what the good lady has made emphatic, which you, thank fortune have no occasion to use; & will not have for a long time to come, if you preserve your present sweet disposition; and if your husband continues to go on, conquering & to conquer.
Excuse this hasty scrawl, & with my best respects to Mr. R. believe me to be
very truly yours
P.S. Although the Genl. has retired from politics, such is not the case with all the family, as young Philip was here the other day as a Committee man & felt himself above calling upon either the President or myself. I fear the young man will <hardly> acquire the consideration in Society what his good father has so long & so honorably enjoyed.