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MVB to B[enjamin] F[ranklin] Butler, 27 December 1824

My dear Sir,

I owe you many apologies for seeming in attention to your constant kindness. The truth is I have had nothing agreeable or interesting to write. I did not apply to the Chancellor (Kent) as you desired, because I ascertained the day I recd. your letter that he had positively determined to take the course he has. He will see the day when he will regret it. Mr Crawford is substantially well. You would be surprized to see what fine Spirits he is in; indeed he never appeared half so intresting or respectable to me as he has this winter, & especially for the last few days. A continued but slight impediment in his articulation, is the only thing left of his very severe sickness. His prospects as to the election are far, very far, from desperate, & are believed to be every day improving. When we first got together Genl. Jacksons friends were entirely confident of success, but it is most evident, that, that confidence has for some time been on the wane. Mr Adams came next, whose the confidence of his friends was not so great, more steady but is not as strong now as it has been. If Crawford had got the votes of Newyork his success would have been next to certain as it is his prospects are good. His friends here are determined to stand by him & should no where waver. If Clays friends go with him (which is probable but not certain) he will have the largest vote on the first ballot, & if he does he will keep ahead. Would the Saratoga men write to Herkimer. I have had a long conversation with Mr Loyd on the subject of Lieut. Allen but am sorry to say that he thinks it entirely impracticable to have any thing done. Tell John to write me often. Make my best respects to Mrs. B. Miss Allen & the children & believe me to be

Very sincerely your



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