MVB to W[illiam] H[arris] Crawford, 15 February 1828
Feby 15 1828
My dear Sir
I am ashamed of myself for not having written to you before but you know how it is at Washington. You have observed the movements in relation to the Vice Presidency. The fear of disunion & the consequent encouragement of the adversary have induced many to unite in the support of Mr Calhoun who in the absence of such consideration would have acted otherwise.
We have not nominated him in Nyork but intend to give him our vote. The approbation of Georgia is hardly to be expected. The course he will pursue will ^doubtless^ be regulated by an exclusive regard to his present & future political interests. We know nothing here particularly interesting. The election of Genl Jackson is morally certain & the administration are getting into worse & worse odour with the people. Mr Clays efforts re-act upon himself with unprecedented force. His Book has led to further examination into a matter which would be best treated by being left alone. The examination in Kentucky cannot be otherwise than injurious. How much he might have saved by going with us in 1824. The Democracy of New England is beginning to rally agst. them & my belief is that Mr Adams will loose at least half as many votes in NEngland as he gets out of it. Make my best respects to Mrs. Crawford & the young ladies & believe me to be as ever
Your sincere friend