MVB to C[harles] Butler, 13 September 1828
September 13th 1828
My dear Sir
I approve the mode of separate letters any way in which you can bring properly before the present incumbent the wishes & feelings of the West. I had a full conversation with <Bowman>. Perhaps it may be as well not to refer particularly to the fourth District but to speak of the subject more generally. The importance of <taking> out of the mouths of our enemies the argument founded upon a <neglect> of the West is of itself conclusive. The eastern delegates will have great notions upon the Subject. Mr Livingstons own name has been spoken of & it may therefore not be best to write to him, but you can judge of the propriety of writing a discreet letter to your father saying
ge very generally what you <illegible> the <West> think<s>. Remember me to Mrs B.
Mr <illegible> to bring the wishes of the West before the present
Asked to write a discreet letter