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Benj[amin] Birdsall Jr. to MVB, 28 August 1828

Dear Sir

The short and unexpected interview at green did not give an opportunity of that general conversation which I most cordially wish for, and one that would have enabled me to have made those grateful acknowledgments so justly your due a feeling of gratitude that at all times calls forth the happy remembrance of those friendly and generous acts, that even now affords to me a comfortable subsistence and when <crossd> with <illegible> [. . .] <illegible> to a duty so laudible in its nature as that of an undisguis. acknowledgment of the same, why should I not offer this tribute of respect even at the hazard of its kind reception. The extremely strange and unpleasant sircumstance that has grown out of a political misunderstanding between myself and my Father’s family has led to sircumstances of an ungenerous and oppressive nature. After visiting my property in Hillsdale in the <hands> hand of my Father which ^was^ a House and small price of land calculated to be to be worth $1000 that was made common stock ^with his^ by him sold and convey[ed] with his other interest with a family confidence of remuneration when a purchase should be made which never has and probably never will be <done> My father James and <illegible> my two brothers and I may <illegible> Mr. Monell in the Clintonian revolution had becom political bankrupts which ^sircumstance given^ was kindled into an incurible resentment with my Father and James against me as they alledged that I was aiding the Journal a county paper in some publications which it contained Mr. Monell however after discovering the sickly features of ^the^ party he had attached himself to requested the exercise of a forgiving principle with his old republican friends which was granted and he returned back but thought by many to be rather a <wary> politician. But sir I think notwithstanding the unfortunate war  in the republican ranks of our County that the nomination of a governor friendly to the election of Jackson will be drawing the line so <plain> and distinct between Federal and republican that the parties will neither of them be at a loss to act, I cannot but regret the nomination of Mr Hurst from the village ^of green^ to the herkimer convention his proclaiming himself a Jackson man I consider is but a fals covering he has ever been a bitter federalist and one of your continual tho ineffectual slanderers whatever may have been his pledges I consider it a prostitution of charity to receive them, Respecting any situation I give the information with that frankness that I have ever heretofore done with a firm belief that I shall yet be able to honorably satisfy your claims with a hope that you will not excuse any burdensome or unnecessary means. I am comfortably and at present pleasantly situated both as to a living and to society. Please to accept sir my best wishes both for your publick and private wellfare.

Benj. Birdsall Jr

Benjamin Birdsall Jr. to MVB, 28 August 1828Benjamin Birdsall Jr. to MVB, 28 August 1828
Source: DLC Library of Congress
Collection: MVB Papers (DLC)
Series: Series 5 (1 January 1825-3 March 1829)