John W. Taylor to MVB, 28 February 1815

John W. Taylor to MVB, 28 February 1815

House of Representatives

Washington

My Dear Friend

You ask why letters were written in your ^my^ behalf for Senator, to members in different parts of the State & the matter kept a profound secret from my friend. My only answer is that they were written without my knowledge & that I did not desire the appointment. Some of my friends here informed me that they had written such letters. I felt unwilling to interfere with their wishes & equally so ^to^ Solicit the votes of my friends at Albany. We are endeavouring to fix the Military <peace> establishment. Great diversity of opinion exists as to the number of men to be retained & the amount of land bounty to be given to the officers & Soldiers who shall be discharged. The few remaining days of the Session will enable us to pass but few of the laws necessary to the existing State of our foreign relations. We meet at 10. & Sit till 6. 7. or 8 at night without adjournment. I shall probably be with you next week.

Yours in Sincerity

John W. Taylor

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