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J[ames] A[lexander] H[amilton] to MVB, 12 December 1824

My dear Sir

As far as I can ascertain the feelings of our friends here they concur in the views you expressed at our last conversation If Mr Crawford (to whom make my best respect if you please when you first meet him) goes to the house to give him again & again an unhesitating vote accompanyed with the delcaration that we have no second choice That and referring to the union of all parties against him which has placed his friends in attitude of his defence if not hostility with all That the adherence is not to him but to the party its principles & practice This Cause is not only worthy but it is wise Whither it is to be pushed on to the point of not making a choice is to be hereafter determined at present I think it ought not to be If Clay comes in and he will freely and frankly engage to support the party and temper his destinies then perhaps matters ought to be healed through him As to adams & Jackson their friends here can nearer be yours nor can they sustain themselves we should therefore with them be in a minority against them in any event under any state of things you will be successful

You will keep a sharp look out as to Calhouns movements If I know the man and his friends he will endeavour to prevent a Choice look to it with all your Eyes And let me hear from you with the same fran unreservedness as you are accustomed to talk with me

Make me remembered by all our defial friends. Under any circumstances I would rather be with them than with any other I know as Political men

Yours &


Let me be informed exactly as to Mr Cs health our acocunts are so contradictory that know man can tell what to believe. Write to me soon

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