MVB to [DeWitt] Clinton, 22 November 1808
Novr 22d 1808
I a few days since by accident saw a “public Advertiser” containing a piece addressed to you & alle
dging some Base & unworthy conduct on the part of the supposed author of Aristides.” You may rest assured that the assertion contained in it is false, feeling disagreeable on the subject I handed the paper to him and have received full assurances that you should be perfectly satisfyed respecting it. Had he acted in the manner stated by P. Cato I could not but consider myself in a great measure responsible for it.