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C[ornelius] P[eter] Van Ness to MVB, 15 November 1826


Dear Sir

As you predicted I lost my election of Senator, though from a different cause. The Administration took measures to defeat me. I have a chain of evidence that will conclusively establish the fact, when the proper time arrives for that purpose. I should, however, have beaten them all, but for some other misfortunes. Three members friendly to me were detained at home by sickness, one of whose influence alone would have turned the scale had to ^he^ been able to attend.

Now a word or two as to your late election. I take it for granted that you are safe.  As to governor, I have not yet heard the result. But be that as it may, I wish you would have the goodness to answer me this ^these^ questions. Will the result (let it be either way) have any tendency to help Mr Adams? Has he any prospect of getting the electoral votes of your state? Without your state, he cannot succeed; and with it he may not. Do give me your opinion. Whatever you write will be considered in the strictest confidence.

Yours cordially

C.P. Van Ness

P.S. There is a fire kindling in this state, though the blaze may not be seen just yet. Bradly & Meech from this state may be relied on, if any thing important should arise this session. Mattock’s heart is the same, but he is rather more cautious. I will tell you more by & by. One thing more. Will General Jackson pretty certainly be the candidate against Mr Adams?

Novr. 15th. 1826

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