[Joseph] Gales Jr. and [William Winston] Seaton to MVB, 3 September 1824
Sept. 3, 1824.
You will see that, in the Daily Paper of today (country of tomorrow) we have copied Gen. McClure's Letter, at the request of Mr Brent of Louisiana. We thought proper to accompany it with some remarks, which he may not like, & to which he may reply. Should he do so We shall rely on your contemporaneous advice how to act, that we may not prejudice ^(in your State)^ a cause becoming every moment more just, as I in sincerity assure you. If there is any thing amiss in what we have said, we should be glad to hear from you. We wish at least to be prepared for the recoil.
You have seen upon what a miserable pretence the Confederacy here has denounced us, but you have not seen all that has passed. It has ^
of us^ required of us a good deal of self-command & politque to preserve passable patience
Whatever you commit to us, at any time, is of course safe, now & ever, under any circumstances, with
Dr Sir very respy & sincerely yrs
Gales & Seaton