J[ames] A[lexander] H[amilton] to MVB, 21 February 1825
Feby 21st 1825
My dear Sir
Make use of the information of contained in this letter if useful (to yourself it will be a guide) but do not mention names. Varplanck yesterday in presence of my wife said Well Adams is a Clintonian I have received a letter from Washington informing me that Adams was in favor of Spencer. That In this state the Contest was between Mr Clinton & Mr Van Buren & his friends from the latter he had received nothing whereas the former had supported him & he therefor hoped Mr Spencer would succeed Verplanck added that he was requested to send that information to Albany. I merely said that this was a part of very strong evidence to them that there had been an understanding between Adams & Clinton which he did not controvert by saying he believed Clinton had him playing double.
Do not the Gentleman offered to the new administration intend tomeet & understand each others views & measures.
Write to me a few lines
when at leisure
Why cannot the notes between Crawford & Adams as to the Secretarys place be published. They must put Adams in an awkward situation.