MVB to Stephen Van Rensselaer III, 31 August 1822
August 31st. 1822
Our delegates have gone to their convention to day & will probably decide on their nomination for senator. On account of the jealousy and irritation which has grown out of an opposition of much virulence and force against Mr. Dudley personally I have not deemed it prudent to move in furtherance at the very liberal and judicious suggestion you made to me at Lebanon. Should circumstances hereafter occur in which I shall consider it safe in view of other matters & practicable in itself to give the affair the direction you spoke of, I will not fail to do so. If not we must wait for a more auspicious period. The nomination of Chancellor Lansing ought to be satisfactory to our party and would without doubt be so if their prejudices were not alarmed at the manner in which it was made. Whether it would be best for you under the circumstances to persevere in giving a direction to the nominations or more advisable to let them take their course and content yourself with a selection for your own support from all the candidates, which would secure to you the confidence and good wishes of all who have rational views and pure motives with regard to their political denomination; your good sense & correct feelings will decide. If on that point any reflections of mine may be regarded by you as deserving consideration, which were it not for the conversation to which I have alluded, I would not have the vanity to believe or the presumption to proffer it will at all times be agreeable to me to speak to you on the subject without the least reserve.
I have been dissatisfyed with myself that I did not express to you more strongly the gratefull sense in which I regard the confidence you was pleased to
bestow upon ^place in^ me & that I suffered my repugnance to prepossessing to prevent me from saying (what I certainly felt) that I looked upon it as one of the highest compliments that could be bestowed upon me. Excuse me for the liberty I take in adding that from a knowledge of my own views and a full persuasion as to the character of yours, I am entirely confident; that as long as my conduct is tested by the fact and your own observation instead of the allegations of those who think they have an interest to misrepresent it, you will not at any time or under any circumstance have occasion to change the friendly sentiments you have done me the to honor to disclose.
With respect & esteem
your friend & hble