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MVB to [Abraham A. Van Buren], [c8] October 1819

My dear Sir,

The more I reflect upon the subject the more I am satisfyed that the Jaunt proposed by you & the manner of making it would not answer the purpose intended. If Corns. goes with you, you will when fatigued which will doubtless be the case at first leave your horse and thus avoid that entire seasoning which would result from constant riding. When he returns from Philadelphia you would find it difficult to leave him & most probably return—which would I think be subjecting your[se]lf to considerable expence to no purpose. The true and only wise course would be to take up the matter on a scale proportionate to the great object in view & that would be by preparing yourself to be from home untill Spring or the latter part of Winter & that to go to Cinnati—Frankfort—& so through the Southern States to the City of Washington when you may arrive during the Session of Congress & spend a few Weeks with much satisfaction. This would be a Jaunt which would be very interesting and would I have no doubt anticipate the re-establishment of your health many years. While on the other hand a Jaunt to Philidelphia might give you a little temporary relief & that would be all. I confess I feel a solicitude that you should pursue the course I point out as well because I know it would make a well man of you as because I hate half way measures.

In hopes that you will think as I do & that Catherine will like a woman of good sense as she is subdue the feelings of the moment & consent to it—I have given Mr Hogeboom three Checks on the Bank here for $300 to be taken along with you and used if your necessities should require it. As my I expect however to be low in funds through the winter I hope you will be able to appropriate your own funds so as to have the checks met here as you may use them—but this must not be made an obstacle. Mr Hogeboom will mention the case of young Dr Thompson with to you, I will leave word here to have him call on you or me at Nyork & try to get you together.

[A serva]nt man as I before suggested must go w[ith] you & may on the terms suggested in my last letter. I go to Staten Island tomorrow[.] You can write me by Mondays boat directed there letting me know your determination and when you start & I will have time enough to answer it & tell you when & how I will meet you. For in the event of your adopting my course it will not be necessary to start [. . .] 10 days.

Yours sincerely


NB. You must not suppose that Mr Hogeboom has any objections to Corns. going with you on the contrary it would be agreeable to him to have him do any thing that will be of service to you but he agrees with me on the subject of this letter.

Source: DLC Library of Congress
Collection: MVB Papers (DLC)
Series: Series 3 (17 February 1815-2 December 1821)