Charles Edward Dudley to MVB, 21 December 1821

Cha[rle]s E[dward] Dudley to MVB, 21 December 1821


My Dear sir,

I had the pleasure yesterday of receiving your letter of the 15th Inst, and am happy at the occasion it affords me of using my endeavours to restore that friendly intercourse between yourself & Judge Skinner, which ought not, from any thing that has happend within my knowledge, to continue suspended. I am still of the same belief, as expressed to you previous to your leaving this City, that the Judge has not spoken improperly of you, or with malicious intent; and that if at any time during the Session of the Convention He indicated disatisfaction as to the course you was pursuing, it must have been owing to the great anxiety he had for the credit and honour of that body, and from the zeal which He felt for the interest of that party of which you both are such important members.

He no doubt thought different from you on some points, not having so perfect a view of the whole subject as you had, & may have regretted the part you took in certain instances, as much from friendship for yourself, as from alarm for the consequences which He apprehended might ensue. This honest difference of opinion, or misapprehension as you may deem it, should be no cause of discord between friends. Among your friends I should be the first to revolt at any imputation of sinister motives on your part, whomsoever the charge may have been made by nor should I now seek to remove your prejudices against Judge Skinner if I could believe he had intended to injure you; on the Contrary, I do not think He has said anything to any person regarding you, which He would not avow in your presence: The fact is since his return from newyork, on my intimating, in the way of pleasantry, that your indisposition had probably prevented the explanation you had intended on the charge of slander, He was much surprized, and could not divine what I alluded to; in the presence of my family I had to explain that you in some respects had been aggrieved by his conduct. He maintain'd that nothing of the kind had happened, that He was on the most friendly terms with you; and had lodged in the same room, and denied that He never made any remarks on the course pursued by you in the Convention; but that He would have made before your face. I am very confident you have view'd this matter in too serious a light. Your informant must have been in error; for allowing a disposition to distract from your well known and important services to the party, policy would have dicated silence.

I have shewn your letter, as requested, to our friend Mr Knower. He acknowledges that the Judge did not approve of all your acts in the Convention, and that He spoke freely on the subject; but that it was with honest feelings, and without at all impugning your motives: He is equally desirous with myself that harmony should be restored between two old friends. I am sure it would make the Judge unhappy if He was conscious of having incurr'd your displeasure to so great a degree as to suffer the loss of your correspondence. I hope you will write him. You should be another Brutus to the Judge, "and when He is overearnest with his friend, think that his Mother chides, and leave him so".

Your friends in this quarter are happy to learn, from such good authority as yourself, that your Health continues to improve. Do me the favor to write occasionally, and believe me

Dear Sir,

with Constant Regard

your friend &

very humble Sevt

Chas. E Dudley

P.S. You neglected putting a wafer in your letter previous to sealing it with wax. It was open, but not I believe with ill design, nor do I think any one except myself & Mr. Knower has seen the contents. The wax did not adhere.

Cs. E D

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