MVB to G[abriel] Holmes and P[hineas] W[ines] Fanning, 2 April 1833
April 2, 1833.
I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your letter, transmitting the proceedings of a meeting, of a portion of the Citizens of Wilmington, and beg leave to return, through you, my sincere thanks for their kind congratulations, and for the honor conferred upon me, in the expression of their confidence.
It is very possible, that my best efforts to make a suitable return, for the generous support which was given to me, by my fellow-citizens of North-Carolina, at a very critical period of my public life, may prove unavailing; but they may rest assured, that there can be no circumstances, under which I can cease to entertain the most grateful recollection of their kindness.
In the interest expressed by those who composed the meeting, on the all-important subjects of the incalculable value of our happy union, the recent dangers by which it has been menaced, and the duty of every good citizen to defend it in every extremity, whether that defence is made necessary by foreign violence or intestine commotion,-they do, I trust, but speak the sentiments of an overwhelming majority of the American people. From no quarter, were such sentiments more naturally to be expected, than from North-Carolina, and by no State could they, with more propriety be avowed. The last but one to enter the Union, there has been no period in its history, in which she has stood second to any, in efficient and magnanimous exertions to sustain it. Recent events, indicating her continued loyalty to the Constitution and the Union, have but revived the recollection of her former fidelity, and raised her to her present well deserved and truly enviable eminence in the estimation of her sister States.
Accept, Gentlemen, my best thanks for your agency in the matter, with the assurance of my respect, and believe me to be,
Your ob’d’t. serv’t. and friend,
M. VAN BUREN.