MVB to Smith Thompson, 23 May 1823

MVB to Smith Thompson, 23 May 1823

New York

My dear Sir,

^From what^ Mr Butler tells me ^it appears^ that some good friend has informed you that I had denied you the credit of Beardsleys appointment The fact <we> there ^attempted to make mischief between us & it is proper that I should prevent^. Mr Tracy told me that you was in favour of Mr Concklin's appointment, in preference to Lynch or Buel and from the positive manner in which he spoke togeth[er] with my own knowledge of the high estimation in which he was held by you together with my impression of your views on the subject of the premature advancement of the high minded gentlemen I believed it. Knowing that the appointment would as every appointment for the State ^as long as you are a favoured & confidential member of the administration) ought would) ^to^ be) attributed to you & ^feeling^ that at Albany itthe appointment of Concklin would be very un-popular I ^on that & other accounts^ wrote to a friend in Albany confidentially to advise Beardsley to apply.

In speaking of the matter here I believe particularly to Mr Tillotson I spoke of it as it was On my return to this City I spoke of the matter as I do of all others without much resume & particularly to Mr Tillotson who from the interest he then took in & the frequentcy with which he has made it the subject of Conversation since has perhaps thought the subject worthy of a communication either to you direct or through Mr Governeur. In speaking as well to Mr Beardsley & as of the matter to others I stated it any impressions as I know now do to you that while if Beardsley had not been a candidate you would have gone for Concklin & so representing it I certainly could not suspect considering who Mr Lynchs connections are that I was doing you a disservice. Having thus explained this matter I hope To Mr Tillotson I recollect well responding to his remark that Beardsleys appointment was attributable to you that I distinctly admitted it fo to no one has badmission been contradicted. Your anxiety on this subject is gratifying to me as the appoinntmt. was a very popular one & from the circumstance of his being a uniform old School republican. Having now explained this matter I hope to your satisfaction permit to ask seriously & gravely that the relation subsisting between us are not supposed to be affected by any thing which ^that^ may be thought or said ^of me^ by Mr Monroes conexions in this City. If they are it would save unnecessary vexation to abrogate them at once. This is the more important as every appearance indicates the commencement of a period in which feelings of the most rancorous hostility are to have free scope. For myself I am ready & willing to do the needfull & ^to^ abide the consequence. Expectation is on tiptoe here as to the event of the race. Mr Randolph Gen Hampton Archer & many southern Gentlemen are here and by their boldness have in some small degree shaken the extreme confidence of our people.


Dr Letter to Smith



May 23

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