L[evi] Woodbury to MVB, 1 July 1828
July 1st. 1828.
I regretted not meeting with you in Newyork City. But after learning you were there I had no opportunity to call.
My chief object of a business character was to desire your co-operation in soothing our Southern friends under their fears & sufferings by the late Tariff I have written to you of this since my return inculcating moderation and delay.
Should this meet your approbation I hope you will do the same, as any rash movement by them would be very injurious to the cause of democracy in the pending election of President.
From New Hampshire I can give you little new, that is not seen in the Patriot. The cause of Gen. Jackson has certainly gained much strength here since last fall and some since last March. There is a vigilant and active spirit abroad and those of us, who can do any thing in aid of correct principles, are laborious.
The event cannot be predicted with any certainty. We want funds. We are poor devils in purse; though rich in zeal. Our opponents are talented, wealthy in cunning. They include almost all the old leaders of both parties.
But we will fight the good fight [as] well as we may; and if any aid can be sent us, pray let us receive it.
The changes in Maine are, I think, greater than with us. There is much less there to contend with.
Our Federal Legislature forebare to pass any resolutions concerning myself as anticipated before we parted. But were doubtless influenced by fear in abstaining [. . .] than by love.
Little Ichabod has come home full of [. . .] venomous as a viper against all who refuse to fall down & worship his Baals—Adams & <Webster>.
It would give me much pleasure to receive a line from you & in the mean time
most truly yours