Rob[ert] Swartwout to MVB, 26 February 1817
26 feby 1817.
My dear Sir,
After a frank & friendly communication with our friend General Peter B. Porter relative to a successor to Govr. Tompkins, I am happy to inform you that altho’ he still feels the full force of the objections stated in his letter to you of the 14th int. Yet if such should be the State of things that a majority of the republicans really deem the use of his name in any way essential to the integrity & harmony of the party, his devotion to the good old cause will induce him to yield himself most cheerfully to any arrangement they may think proper to make.
Should any different arrangement have been made in consequence of his letter, you will of course keep the contents of this to yourself.
With great regard
I am Dr Sir
yr Ob Sert.