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MVB to Edward Livingston, 7 December 1825

Dear Sir,

I shall attend to your brothers concern. Mr. J. forgets what is due to the subject, to his friends & to myself. I can conscientiously say that I never have, and I trust I never shall subject my course on a public question to the controul of my personal interests. I shall always listen with respect and candor to Any suggestion which may be made to me on the subject he speaks of consistent with this sentiment <illegible> <illegible>. & As I have no reason to doubt ^I shall always be recd with respect & considered with candour & liberality^ There is not the remotest probability that of I my committing myself in relation the matter at this session. The reasons agt. such a course ^it^ are obvious & conclusive. As I have no reason to doubt that his ^Mr. J.^ views are friendly & that he was unconscous of the impropriety of his suggestion I have only to ask that the matter ^transaction^ be forgotten & that you be careful not to speak of it to any one. You know what a <huddle> political gossips are apt to make of such things.

Source: DLC Library of Congress
Collection: MVB Papers (DLC)
Series: Series 5 (1 January 1825-3 March 1829)