MVB to Nathan Williams, c2 February 1820

MVB to [Nathan Williams], [c2 February 1820]


You will ^have^ doubtless remember that when at your room ^Louis's^ during the sitting of the supreme court you mentioned to me that Chief Justice Spencer had declared to Genl. Brown that there was no longer a ^the^ republican party no longer existed ^as such^ & that henceforth our Citizens would be divided among the supporters & opposers of the present administration. The sentiments thus attributed to the Chief Justice being in unison with those avowed in the Register & understood to be a cardinal opp point in the policy ^governing the as intended to govern the conduct of^ of our opponents and as there was no reserve or confidence restriction of any kind ^suggested either in the original declaration or in the^ or the communication ^of it^ I have thought ^it^ proper to bring it before the Republicans of the state notice the subject in a short no essay which appeared in the Argus of the over the signature of Leonidas ^and to give the subject matter more authenticity referred to the direct declaration ^^of the chief Just^^ in preference to newspaper avowals^ The qualifyed denial of the allegation by the Chief Justice ^his honor^ with the subsequent note from Leonidas containing his promise to give his author & to avow himself you have doutbless both seen. It is uncertain whether application for the author &c will be made & in the event of its not being done ^(which is not probable)^ I shall probably ^may^ not think it worth while to say any ^thing^ more about it, as the matter is well understood by the public & ^the^ Issue taken by the chief Justice one as to words merely. In the event however of the call being made I should like to be able to state the authority you had for the declaration of which I will thank you to advise me by return mail

Yours very sincerely


Dr Letter to N. W. Eq

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