Rob[ert] Troup to MVB, 30 October 1828
30th October 1828
My dear sir,
You very well know that Dr. Hosack is about pronouncing an Eulogium on the late Governor Clinton. It is Dr. Hosack's intention to make honorable mention of your services in the Senate in favor of our Canals. The removal of Governor Clinton, from a seat in the Board of Canal Commissioners, will receive Dr. Hosack’s censure. Being lately in communication with him on this topic I remarked that I had a strong impression on my mind that I once conversed with you concerning Governor Clinton’s removal, that you expressed your regret at the measure, and that you said it was against your Opinion. Dr. Hosack appeared to be much pleased with the information and begged me to write to you to ascertain the fact; and if true to ask your permission to use it.
Altho' you had no hand at all in Governor Clinton’s removal, yet some degree of blame will fall on you as being an influential member of the party which ejected Governor Clinton; and I feel a strong desire, & so does Dr Hosack, that no part of the blame shall be rightly attached to you.
Pray have the goodness to inform me of the fact, and if my impression be correct, be pleased also to let me know whether Dr Hosack shall be allowed to state the fact in a note to his Eulogium.
With the most perfect regard
I remain, My dear sir,
very sincerely yours