MVB to W[illia]m C[abell] Rives, 12 May 1834
May 12, 34
My dear Sir
Our quondam friend Genl. Hayne used to say that I was a labor-saving machine, & I am forcibly reminded of the remark by this attempt to Kill two birds with one stone, or rather, as I hope, to feed two pretty ones off of one cherry. Any how you will I know excuse me. Don't forget my suggestion about the French affair. Assume confidentially the strongest personal assurances from the King with promises for the future. Assume further a confidence on the part of Mr. Livingston in his sincerity with a doubt as to that of the ministry & what would you do.
In haste yours