MVB to John Peter Van Ness, cApril 1826

MVB to [John Peter] Van Ness,  [cApril 1826]


My dear Sir,

I scarcely ever take up the Telegraph without apprehension of meeting something that may injure the cause in Nyork. Suspected concert & union between Mr Clinton and myself are wormwood to the Republicans of Nyork & speculations upon ^the extent of^ our respective influence is putting a weapon in the hands of the adversary which may be wielded with great effect. A body of nearly 300 thousand electors <does> will now suffer the idea to be advanced that they can be influenced by any individuals. Mr. Green has lately with the best intentions offended <illegible> in both these particulars & you ^have seen^ that Gales has already seized upon this and the same use will doubtless be made by others. Mr ^Gs^ repeated expressions of anxiety about the course of Mr Clinton however justifiable in themselves are unavailing as it respects Mr C. & unfortunately as it respects us. Mr C course will be regulated by his views of his own interest & duty & cannot be affected by the remarks of any editor. Whilst therefore it does no good as it respects Mr C. it serves to sour the old Republicans to a greater extent than he imagines. I despair of making him understand the real state of things in Nyork & will therefore be highly gratified if he will let us alone as far possible as that can be done consist with his public duties. Mr Ritchie is the only foreign editor that I know of who observes the true tone in regard to Nyork politics. Formerly it was otherwise but lately he never <ens>. I am sure I cannot be understood to have any personal feeling in the matter or any other wish than to promote the great object we have in view. Independent of that I care not what is said upon the point I have referred to but I am kept in constant hot water between mistakes of his description and complaints from home. We must take care that in our endeavour to save a small & to a great extent inefficient party we do not sow the seeds of disunion in a great interest which is now predominant in the State and which nothing short of great folly can cripple <illegible> ^before^ the next Presidential election. Since the vote of the Senate this matter has become doubly important & it is in the hope that your situation may render you unfit in the matter & with the knowledge of your ^friendly^ disposition that I trouble you confidentially with it

Your friend & hble Sevt


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