MVB to John Alsop King, 28 October 1821

[MVB] to John A[lsop] King, [28 October 1821]

My dear Sir,

I had hoped to see you here before we rise but as we shall without doubt adjourn in a few days & we do not hear of your coming, I cannot promise myself that pleasure. The papers have informed you of all that has been done, on the stage which I hope you may be able to approve. What has passed behind the scenes they have not spoken of because they were not advised. Still there has been a great deal transacted there worthy of note. The past State of things has admirably served to elicit character & shew that inconstant creature man as he is. We have had some partial estrangements in which you could not have failed to take interest & which I know it would have given you pleasure to prevent. As they are however substantially corrected I will not farther notice them than to say that I shall never object to speak of them to you with that entire freedom which I am proud to say has always characterised our intercourse since I had the good fortune to become acquainted with your merits. In endeavouring to effect what I thought was right I have had at various times to come in severe contact with three distinct interests in the convention viz (The old Federalists & Clintonians)—(The Newyork delegation & the high minded gentlemen) and a small number of mad-caps among the old democrats, who think nothing wise that is not violent & flatter themselves that they merit knighthood by assailing every thing that is venerable in our institutions. I flatter myself however that those collisions have been more unpleasant than unprofitable and although I am very sensible that untill I feel disposed to conciliate them, I will be exposed to the detraction of some dozen hair brained politicans—men who can neither acquire public confidence nor retain it when invested with it by accident. I am very well pleased with the actual State of things & happy in the circumstance of having been a member of the convention.

Whatever may take place & however much the ever varying scenes of political associations may chang[e] I will not lightly abandon the hope that our friendship will be as durable as I know it ought to be. Make my best respects to Mrs. King & James A Hamilton.

Yours truly

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Editorial Note:

Printed in King, Correspondence, 6:422.