Rufus King to MVB, 3 November 1822

Rufus King to MVB, 3 November 1822

Jamaica L. I.

My dear Sir

Except from James Hamilton, on his return from Albany, we have heard nothing of you, for a long time, even the Washington Republican is silent on your subject, tho' it continues to review & censure the character and Policy of Mr Crawford. In the north you order your affairs better than they are managed in our quarter. A division among Brethren of the same faith exists in this district, and an angry one, respecting the Election of Sheriff for the City. I know very little of what is doing, except casually; there is some want of Harmony in respect to the nomination of Senators, and in this county concerning Representatives to the assembly as well as the member of Congress; it is on the whole probable that the nomination of the Republicans will succeed. Noah, I conjecture will fail, unless the Reluctance to vote agt. the regular nominations save him. Verplanck having espoused the interest of Noah, I have heard that the party of Wendover, have obtained the control of the Centinel for a Week, and that this Paper is to be subservient to the Opponents of Noah during this Election. As there has been a good ^deal^ of talk of the necessity of setting up a new Paper, it is quite possible that the Centinel may be employed in the Service heretofore performed by Noah.

If Wendover shd. succeed, this new Establishment will be more probable. The Party of Sharpe, Ulshoeffer, Romaine & Stag (that is, Noah’s opponents) will in this Election support, or rather will not oppose, the regular nominations except in the case of Noah.

Coleman, discourages any attempt to set up a third Candidate; in this he wisely gratifies his Hostility to Noah; since between Wendover & Noah, those ^who^ might prefer a candidate opposed to both, will, should no such Candidate offer, be likely to vote for Wendover, but enough on this Subject. When do you come to the City, and how long before you will gratify me by coming to Jamiaca. I hope it may be soon. Unless you have done it, nothing is yet done concerning our winter quarters.

The Union Tavern at George town is taken by the Man whose house we looked at in George town: it is just in new Order, & promises much, were we under no Engagement to the the french man, we might do well in the old Place. I have been invited by Crawford, who formerly kept the Union to return. I have not answered his letter, tho' I have thought I might tell him that having spoken to <Kirsand> (if that be the name) for quarters, I could not decide on the subject, before I should be able to look at his accomodations. Probably I shall take no step until we meet. I have some concern about a Stable.

Pray have you heard anything of Colo. Williams Reele[ction] [hav]ing watched the Papers. I have seen no [notice of] any Election's having been made in Tenessee.

with great truth & Esteem

I am my Dr Sir

yr affectionate humble Servt

Rufus King

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Editorial Note:

An excerpt of this letter was printed in Friedenberg, 78-79.