S[amuel] R[ossiter] Betts to MVB, 24 February 1816
Feby 24. 1816
You will accept my acknowledgments for your very to me flattering letter of the 13th instant. I hope you have so recovered your health as to be able to resume your seat at Albany, where your presence seems much wanted.
There was last evening a meeting of our Delegation to consider the Resolutions forwarded us from Albany. Much discussion was had, but no question taken. However the main subject of debate was on the expediency of attempting to prevent a Caucus nomination here.
I perceive we shall have a secession of some of our Members in favor of Mr Monroe, and that they will not on any terms support Mr. Crawford.
There is this evening a meeting of a Committee from all the States that will give any votes against Mr. Monroe, who will endeavor to arrange some general mode of operation, & decide who shall be the man. Our meeting stands adjourned till Monday.
I will write you again so soon as we bring matters to any form.
A letter from his Excellency came safely to me; will you do me the honor to make my respects to him.
Not now having time to enlarge, I
subscribe myself with particular
consideration & esteem
S. R. Betts