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J[oseph] Gales Jr. to MVB, 6 February 1827

Dear Sir:

Since you handed me the New York American of the 3d instant, I have read over the Letter from Washington which it contains. I have also pointed out the same to my partner, and compared notes with him. In his name as well as my own, I disclaim any knowledge of the authorship of that letter, or the least <priority> or countenance to its contents. We observe many Letters published, in the New York & Boston papers, especially, from Washington; Some of which may, for any thing we know to the contrary, be written by persons who report for us. Over those persons it will readily occur ^to you^ we can exercise no control, except in relation to what is destined for our own columns. They have never consulted with us as to the contents of any Letters they have written; nor have we ever had any previous knowledge of what they were about to write, nor any subsequent knowledge of what they have written, further than such as conjecture affords. <illegible> If we knew of their writing such Letters as the one in the American, we should address them agt. it; and, it is possible, in any new contract we may form with either of them, ^and other reporters,^ Something ^like an <illegible> of things^ of that kind may find a place.

With great respect I am

Your most obedt. sevt,

J.Gales Jr

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