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W[illiam] L[earned] Marcy to MVB, 14 December 1823

My dear Friend,

Two measures seem now to engross the attention of all political men in this state at this time viz. The nomination at Washington and the election of the presidential electors by the people. About the latter I think there is no difference of opinion among the enlightend republicans. If they could have it as they wish they would not change the existing mode but some timid men who wish well to the democratic party ^are apprehensive^ that the current of public opinion runs so strong that it can not be resisted but will overwhelm all that attempt it. I have conversed with several of the senators who arrived here yesterday & believe they are generally right in feeling and are fully apprised of the danger of changing the mode of election at this time when the democratic party are distracted in their choice among the various candidates and when it is certain our opponents will act against us in union & with vigour; but they do not boldly avow a determination to resist the proposed change.

I hope to be enabled in a few days to write you more explicitly as to the views of the senate. I do not hope to stop ^think it probable that^ a law for given the Electors to the people will be stopped in the Assembly. Too many of that body are pledged & too many are, (as will be the case of most popular assemblies) popularity hunters.

I have this day forwarded to Judge Hogeboom some papers from Col. Saml. Shaw for a pension or rather an allowance of a certain ^sum^ in lieu of a pension for a disability under which he labours in consequence of a wound received in the revolutionary War.

I hope you will give him your aid & if the business comes into the senate take upon yourself the charge of it.

Yours sincerely &c

W.L. Marcy

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