MVB to Henry Meigs, 4 April 1820
My Dear Sir
Our sufferings owing to the rascality of deputy Postmasters is intolerable and Cries aloud for relief. We find it absolutely impossible to penetrate the interior with our papers and unless we can alarm them by two or three prompt removals there is no limiting the injurious consequences that may result from it. Let me therefore entreat the Postma[s]ter General to do an act of Justice and render us essential Service by the removal of Holt in Herkimer and the appointment of Jabez Fox esq. also of Howell of Bath & the appointment of an excellent friend, W. B. Rochester Esq. a young man of the first respectability & worth in the state, & the removal of Smith at Little Falls and the appointment of Hollister, & the removal of Chamberlin in Oxford and the appointment of Lot Clark Esq. I am in extreme haste and can therefore add no more, use the enclosed papers according to your
adm discretion. If anything is done, let it be quickly done & you may rely upon it much good will result from it.
Published in William Lyon Mackenzie, The Life and Times of Martin Van Buren: The Correspondence of His Friends, Family and Pupils (Boston: Cooke, 1846), p. 30.