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[Joseph Gales Jr.] to MVB, 11 November 1824

Dear Sir:

I came up here on business a few days ago, and have been detained here this long by my engagements. I had determined not to write a line to Albany during my sojourn; & am induced to change that determination only by having heard that I am quoted here, & perhaps may be at Albany, as authority for unfavorable reports of Mr Crawford's health. I think it proper to say that any such statement on that subject as varies from the news statements of the National Intelligencer, and those which I have heretofore made to you, is a gross misrepresentation and an unworthy attempt at deception. I trust I shall yet see Mr. Crawford President of the United States, & I should despise myself if I could express that wish (wrongly, as I think) where they had no electoral ticket of their own. Gen. J has also got New-Jersey. Mr. Clay, ^I think,^ from what I see, has received the vote of Ohio: but, without your aid, he cannot get into the House. You know in that case what would probably be the vote of Gen. Jackson ^of the whole of Ohio.^ In North Carolina I have strong confidence ^of our success,^ and nothing but the divisions with you justify a doubt of the final result of this contest.

Whatever may happen with you, it is very well understood that, through the whole of this illegible trying crisis, you have been almost the only firm, steady, & consistent, and cool man at Albany. I wish I could say as much for the discretion of some others.

I propose tomorrow to set my face homewards.

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