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Mordecai Manuel Noah to MVB, 13 July 1819

My Dear Sir,

I have not had a moment to spare, since the Council has terminated their late disgraciful proceedings or I should have dropped you a line not in the way of condolence but rather of congratulation as your removal from office will have done much good to our cause and I am fully persuaded that it can do you no harm as the Republican party will ever take pleasure in affording that protection & confidence to men of principle which they loudly claim. I calculate upon the best effects from the late proceedings of the C[ounci]l the [. . .] [Repub]lican party cannot in accordance to t[. . .] [. . ]les countenance that unholy alliance which is now proclaimed between Mr Clinton & his Swiss allies Yet we must be active persevering & dreadfully energetic. Mr C depends upon federal support we must openly & unreservedly rely upon Republic[ans.] Every proselyte that he makes from federal ran[ks] will be acquired by the loss of two Republicans yet as things have taken such a course it is manifestly our interest to strive by every honorable means & by considerations of policy to get the [. . .]t Council from him not that the offices will strenghen our power but it will weaken his & the staff must be wrested from his hands at any sacrifice short of credit & honor. The federalists in this City want their Mayor Recorder & a few others to be preserved which if it could be done they would go heart & hand with us

It has been suggested that it would be politic to nominate our Governor before the Council is chosen as it would fix many votes. You will when together be the best Judge of this

I need not assure you that we depend [. . .] on you and your exertions will [. . .] you a lasting claim on the grati[tude] of the party. For myself labouring as I have with so much zeal & activity I favobly anticipate Success not that I have personal objects in view butt I wish to see the cause for which I have laboured zealously, triumphant at last. I shall therefore be much obliged if from time to time you will favour me with your counsel & advise & such suggestions as you may make confidentially to me shall receive particularly attention I wish to know what is going on & [. . .] may be decided upon that I may govern my movements accordingly as any course which our paper may be pursue will necessarily have weight. If in addition I can be of any Service to you you ^have^ only to let me know it & be certain of my most cheerful & active compliance

With much esteem

& respect

I am Dear Sir

Very truly & Sincerely yours

M. M. No[ah]

I think a short trip to the Westward the ensuing fall would do our cause no harm if I could leave the paper with propriety

Printed in Friedenberg, 71-72.

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