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Under the belief that it is the right of every free Citizen in a free government, to know the opinions of those who aspire to public Station, upon great public questions, as one of your warmest supporters in 1836 & in 1840, & as an unpledged Delegate to the Baltimore Convention, I desire particularly to know your opinions as to the Constitutionality & expediency of immediately... Continue Reading
Recipient: MVB
I have forwarded to the author of the enclosed, a letter addressed to yourself, (as he requests) in behalf of the object he solicits. After dispatching my letter, it occurred to me that I had better present to you his own communication which is a faithful type of its author, clear, strong, direct. He is indeed a most estimable man; and for further knowledge of him if desired, I will refer you to... Continue Reading
Recipient: MVB
Yours of the 11th Ultimo I received a few [. . .] after its date, But have had very little leisure [. . .] since otherwise I should have wrote you bef[ore] and even now I have really no time to writ[e] more than a few lines. I am extreemely happy to see from the g[e]neral tenure of your Letter ^that^ you give an[. . .] convincing proff of your truly republican [prin]ciples, and that you have... Continue Reading
Recipient: MVB
You possibly suppose that I feel an Indifference, or at least not that ardent sentiment of friendship, towards you which I have always professed. This sentiment Impression may have been made on you from my long silence, but beleive me that is not the case. My Attachment to you is as strong as ever, and anything in my power to serve you I shall always take pleasure in doing. I would with great... Continue Reading
Sender/Author: John Peter Van Ness
Recipient: MVB
I have been informed since my arrival in this part of the Country that you have become a zealous advocate for the Clintonian party, those ene[mie]s to the Republican interest & the <full> <Law> ^general welfare^. In addressing you it is unnecessary to enter into a discussion of this subject. You know that Mr Burr is the intended victim of villainy and persecution against which it... Continue Reading
Recipient: MVB
I have received your letter and shall pay due attention to the notice you have given me on behalf of the representatives of Robt. Vn. Deusen. The shares of the different proprietors representing the patentees will be liquidated in the course of this week. With respict to the share of the patentee Johannis Van Deusen, so far as one third of it is claimed by the representatives of his son, the late... Continue Reading
Recipient: MVB
I regret that I have only recd. your letter of the 18th. this moment & consequently too late to try your note at the Bank this day. I omitted sending to the post office on monday & was prevented from doing it yesterday, in consequence of a singular circumstance which occurred to me personally. I was unexpectedly attacked by a man who was walking behind ^me^ down State Street yesterday... Continue Reading
Recipient: MVB
It is proposed by the Travellers Turnpike Company, to lay out the road no farther this Fall than to my house. By the act we are required to commence operations within two years. The question now is whether laying out a part of the road only, and working a part, will be within the act. And it also requires a map to be filed of the rout as adopted by the Commissioners. Can a map of part be filed at... Continue Reading
Recipient: MVB
I wish you would send me by the <bearer> en[cl]osed the original draft of the Letter I asked you for at Mr Swarts. You may rely on my honour for its return without disadvantage to you ^in consequence of sending it to me^ in any state of things. I hope the Col: will not be in a hurry as I shall wish to see him soon. To this application I presume there can [be] no objection as I gave you Mr... Continue Reading
Sender/Author: MVB
I am under the necessity of going from home to day and will not return till tomorrow afternoon I wish therefore that you would come in on Tuesday.
Sender/Author: MVB
I have a short time since returned and will see you at my office or such place in town as you shall suggest ^appoint^. I send this to Mr Williams presuming that you are there if in town. My clerk informs me Mr H. has rode down
Sender/Author: MVB
The President & Directors of the Phoenix Company met this day at 12 oclock and passed a resolution, instructing Capt Macy not to vote on their Proxy, without the concurrence and approbation of the President. This will be pleasing intelligence to you, no doubt, as it will probably save, an important and useful institution, from destruction. I have much interesting information to give you, but... Continue Reading
Recipient: MVB
I received a letter from Genl Thomas a few days ago, stating that he would be in Hudson on thursday next, and requesting that I would meet him there on that [da]y. I shall not be up in Season & therefore will thank you to hand him the enclosed letter when he arrives in Hudson.
Recipient: MVB
I have assertained that “Tom” a black man who you purchaised of <Fesburgh> & who quit you some 10 years since is now in the neighbourhood of Worcester Ms. There is yet some time before he is free as he is of that class which will be free July 4th 1827. He was when young a slave of my father and I think I can induce him to be of some service to me if own him. I therefore take the liberty... Continue Reading
Sender/Author: Alonzo G. Hammond
Recipient: MVB
Now, as heretofore, I will not suffer the warm current of my friendship for you to be checked by the character & kind of your associate#. If I can be of any service in the affair you allude to It will give me pleasure to be so; though I thereby necessarily serve the bitterest enemy I, probably, have in the world. The course is a petition to congress, setting forth the case with documents.... Continue Reading
Sender/Author: MVB
Your good husband occasionally (when asked) says that you make enquires about & kind friendly messages to us; but they are <illegible> so <illegible>, & so long between, that I am inclined to think that you have forgotten us poor congressmen. So far as the lower house is concerned, you are right, for it is getting to resemble a bear garden more than a deliberative assembly.... Continue Reading
Sender/Author: MVB
Make use of the information of contained in this letter if useful (to yourself it will be a guide) but do not mention names. Varplanck yesterday in presence of my wife said Well Adams is a Clintonian I have received a letter from Washington informing me that Adams was in favor of Spencer. That In this state the Contest was between Mr Clinton & Mr Van Buren & his friends from the latter he... Continue Reading
Recipient: MVB
I do not know why I should not (following the example of one of our Ga newspapers in which it is always done) derange the letters of your name & make you neighbor to the great Bean, since you, (misled by such examples) take the liberty to stick an e to the end of my name. I have no e, to my name as I beg ^you^ to understand & remember, if you do not wish me to mangle your patronymic most... Continue Reading
Sender/Author: John Forsyth Sr.
Recipient: MVB
Your letter found me in my bed, from which, I assure you, I have risen with some difficulty. My exposure in the trial of a canal cause, in the lower part of the county, brought on a violent cold, accompanied with chills & fevers, and for the first time in six years, I had a violent bilious attack. I have happily survived it however, and hope now to live to fight an other day. We all regretted... Continue Reading
Sender/Author: Louis McLane
Recipient: MVB
I have not been able sooner to make the communication, nor is the measure absolutely settled, that the mission to G. Britain has been offered to me, and that it is probable I may accept it. At present I mention the same to you without wishing to be quoted
Sender/Author: Rufus King
Recipient: MVB
I [rec]d. your letter at the moment of my departure for the Country where I have since been confined by indisposition from which I am ^have^ however entirely recovered. I had been previously advised of the offer of the mission to you though from a satisfactory <illegible> though not an official source & am happy to hear that ^you have found^ no obstacle objection to its acceptance. When... Continue Reading
Sender/Author: MVB
Recipient: Rufus King
I will be ready to go to Oswego on Saturday. You and Finkle therefore better come up on Saturday morning & we will start from here in the afternoon & go as far as Schenectady in the evening. Write me by mail when I may expect you & I will be ready. If any other day will suit better fix upon it but not longer than Monday.
Sender/Author: MVB
Recipient: Peter I. Hoes
Let me by this <illegible> introduce to you my friend President Cooper of Cola. College. S.C. His name is enough. He has requested of me this favor on board the boat, and I have no implements of writing but these.
Sender/Author: Thomas Addis Emmet
Recipient: MVB
My friend Judge W. Smith to whom Col. Hayne succeeded in the Senate at Washington from South Carolina, & Dr. Brown of Kentucky, left New York yesterday, and promised to wait for me at Albany. I have sent to every house but Crittenden’s, without learning of them. As I know Judge Smith meant to call on you, I beg you wd. have the kindness to inform my Son the bearer of this, whether you know of... Continue Reading
Sender/Author: Thomas Cooper
Recipient: MVB
I enclose you two papers, one respecting the interference of the Clergy with the duties of the legislature, which I mentd. to you, & the other, to paralyse the report of Mr Jefferson being a Tariff-politician & in favour of protecting duties. In theory, and in justice, all duties for protection, are in my mind utterly indefensible: for they are taxes on the consumers without any <... Continue Reading
Sender/Author: Thomas Cooper
Recipient: MVB
I have concluded to make no arrangement on the Subject of Quarters until I arrive in Washington. I have had conversations with Forsyth & McLane on the Subject & must see them before I determine. Those two Gentlemen, (or the former only if the latter takes his wife down) VerPlank yourself & myself would make an excellent mess. Write to the <Frenchman>. Take care of the Election... Continue Reading
Sender/Author: MVB

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