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Alex[ande]r Coffin to MVB, 17 October 1823

Dear Sir,

Your [kin]d letter of the 13th [in]st. was duly recvd. And I assure you it afforded me a deal of pleasure, inasmuch as it served to shew that your friendship for me, which I highly prize was in no way diminished on account of the difference of opinion we entertained respecting the presidential question. This difference of opinion is not however so great as you may imagine, and which may have possibly been represented, and at the same time misrepresented to you, for we shall both doubtless support the Candidate who is regularly nominated. And should Mr Crawford be the man who joins that nomination he shall receive as warm and zealous support from me. As he does ^will^ from you. Therefore our only difference of opinion is, You are in favour of Mr Crawford from this Conviction that he will make the best President, for the same reason I am in favour of Mr Adams.

As regards the difficulties you speak of as occured among the Republicans, they have I hope been allayed without creating much excitement, other than among the Republicans of the City.

Be assured of ^my^ warm regard

and unalterable friendship

Alexr Coffin

prefers Adams to Crawford

Source: DLC Library of Congress
Collection: MVB Papers (DLC)
Series: Series 4 (3 December 1821-31 December 1824)