Nathan Sanford to MVB, 23 January 1819
23d. January 1819.
You tell me, my friend, that I must excuse you for not writing; and at the same time, you refer me to your letter to our common friend. <Tho'> as kind as it is delicate. I have seen that letter, and have perused it, at length. I perceive the delicacies and perplexities of the situation, in which you have to act so important a part; and with, or without, your request, I excuse you. But let there be no compliments between you and me. Our attachment to each other, must not depend on little <things>. My esteem and affection for you, are not to be shaken by the <breezes> that agitate human life. I love you truly and sincerely, because I know that you possess the most rare and excellent qualities of the head and the heart. I believe that the wise and the good, the honorable and the brave, not only may, but should, cherish attachments superior to fortune. In addition to all the cost, I know and feel how much owe you, for scenes and events, which are now passed. Do not therefore, take the trouble to make excuses or apologies to me. What I pray of you, is to allow me to believe, that I shall continue to enjoy your regard and friendship, as I have hiterto enjoyed them. Whatever may be the vicissitudes, which await you or me, you will find, that my feelings towards you will never change.