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MVB to John Van Buren, 12 March 1826

My dear Son,

I have received a letter from Mr Williams requesting your attendance as a witness in Charles’ trial on the 2d tuesday in April & have written to him that unless they will consent that you should be examined at New Haven you shall be at Hudson at the appointed time. Mr Williams will write to Mr Croswell & you must conform to what is required of you. I feel persuaded that it cannot be necessary to say any thing to impress you with the importance of the greatest prudence and deliberation in every thing you say & do upon this business. You should get from Mr Wilcoxson a statement or copy of what you said before the Justice & reflect much & deeply on the transaction & of course state it exactly as you remember it, never forgetting to speak of the deceased with respect & kindness. Upon this point be particular & remember the caution I gave you upon this point always to call him Mr Crandell & not he or that fellow or any such terms too common with boys. Write me immediately. If you must go Mr Croswell will advance you funds & you will take the stage for your uncle Abrms. who will go with you. I have this day written to Mr Allison to send his sons up also. Mr Crandells feelings & those of his friends are greatly changed for the better & all now begin to think that poor Charles was more unfortunate than guilty. Keep yourself cool & state things as you know them <illegible> & where your recollections are not distinct say so. I shall of course feel the utmost solicitude <illegible> for your conduct & hope to hear that it was just as it ought to be. I will write you again as soon as I hear from you in the mean time god bless you.

Your father


Martin Van Buren

March 25th


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