W[illiam] P[eter] Van Ness to MVB, 13 March 1812
Judge Dorr has certainly a right to demand security for the money I owe him, and I have no disposition either to complain of the course he Seems to have adopted, or to evade a compliance with his wishes. From whatever source his alarms may have arisen, or by whatever means produced, be assured that I shall have no difficulty in removing them. I can however make no definitive arrangement on this subject while my business confines me here; and as delay of any sort may be incompatible with your instructions, I beg you to believe that any course which you may think yourself bound to pursue, will be yielded to without reluctance, and cannot but be considered as a sacrifice of your feelings, to the performance of a professional duty. As recent circumstances or arrangements perhaps already consummated, or in view, may
be have produced, or may lead to a final dissolution if the ties which have hitherto united us. I would suggest the propriety of looking over, at your leisure, our little pecuniary concerns. They are not extensive to be sure, but some little accounts may have arisen, in the course of your professional business, which may as well be settled.
If you have the papers with you I will thank you for a statemt of the amont due to Judge Dorr. I have no receipt for the last payment made to you in Hudson, and I will thank you to make a memorandum of it in some proper place. I am not certain that I have a voucher for the preceding one. I have circumstances <
illegible> a liquidation of the debt desirable, when ever it may suit your convenience
your obt & very hm Sert.
W: P: Van Ness