MVB to J[ames] A[lexander] Hamilton, 25 February 1828
Feby 25 1828
My dear H,
However ungallant the speech may be I will never theless say I greatly rejoice in the event you announce. It would be difficult if not impracticable to find the materials for a better match & in this instance the old Lady (Dame Fortune I mean) has certainly not been either blind or in a hurry. Make my best respects to the parties & say how truly I have their happiness at heart. But it wont do my dear fellow for me to come up. The wedding would be regarded as a pretext & some intrigue growing out of Gov Clintons death the real object. However indifferent I may be as to what the <dogs> say about me personally I am not disposed to give them materials for insinuations may by <possibility> affect other interests than my own. I have been actually down with a fever for a week, am better ^very nearly well^ but have not yet left the house. As soon as I get up I think I will follow Tom’s example if I can get any honest woman fool enough to have me. McLane has laid violent hands upon all the Wine. I demurred at first but when I found that you was to be Brother in Law to a three tailed Bashaw in wine, I gave the matter up. Make my best respects to Mrs H & all your family not forgetting <illegible> & believe me to be as allways
Your sincere friend
Cambreling tells me that in a letter he sometime since recd. from Mr Coleman he complains bitterly that Chancellor Kent & Ludlow <agder> & some one else had left us. Tell him that if John Frain of the 10th ward or any such like character were to leave us there might be something alarming in it, but he can do without Chancellor Kent, & if we could not, our foundation would have been slender indeed.