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W[infield] Scott to MVB, 16 March 1815

My dear Sir,

I am much indebted to you for the continuation of our correspondence, and, expecting, daily, for some months past, to escape from the trifling & vexatious duties which occupied me, I intended, seizing, the first moments’ leisure to make you an apology for my apparent neglect. In your letter of the 9th instant you have been liberal enough to account for my silence.

I need not trouble you with many reflections on recent events. I flatter myself, that you & I would not differ on many points. The glory of Jackson & his troops, for instance—the shameful reduction of the army, without any provision for the disabled & super annuated officers—The blessings of Peace, if not marred by the operations on the Mobile & the Saint Mary’s rivers. These are subjects of high importance.

But for the Peace, Congress were expected to authorize the appointment of some 12 or 15 additional general officers. It was a settled point with Mr. Monroe, to offer you one of those places; but in connection with recent events, I most sincerely congratulate you on being appointed to a place, well suited to your talents & services and to the wishes of your friends.

On the subject of Mr. Skinner I have no doubt but that your application will prevail; nevertheless I shall with great pleasure, do what you desire, and accordingly write this evening.

I presume that I shall be retained in service and shall request to be stationed in the Harbor of New York. This arrangement will sometimes give me the pleasure of seeing of you.

I was very much pleased to hear of the election of Mr. Sandford. Judge Spencer, surely, can never abandon his political friends & the best interests of his state & country. Some of the Federalists of your state, indulge the hope of dividing & conquering, by means of the dissatisfaction of the Judge, but I have no doubt, but that he will disappoint them.

With every sentiment of

respect & friendship


W. Scott.

my ^contempled^ military apptmt

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