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MVB to [Andrew] Jackson, 16 November 1828

My dear General

I have delayed writing to you until this time in the vain hope of being able to give you the certain result of our election. Of twenty votes we have the certain returns & the report this morning is that we have carried the northern double District which would give us 22. We therefore stand 20 certain & 22 probable. We were disappointed in three old Federal Districts which we hoped to turn through the agency of your personal popularity; but the hope that those who fell with the first Adams would rise with the second was too strong for us. That class of men never made greater exertions & they succeeded in each of the Districts properly belonging to them literally by the skin of their teeth. We also lost two or three Districts by the disgraceful direction given to the excitement growing out of the Morgan affair. But we have enough <aid> to spare. I will not harass you by a description of the virulence that has characterized the contest in this state. The slanders of your adversaries have thank God been made to recoil upon themselves and our Country will I trust be soon & amply indemnified for the discredit that has been brought upon it by our opponents. Permit me my dear Sir to congratulate you on the truly honorable triumph we have obtained. Remember me very kindly to Mrs. Jackson & Col Lewis & believe me to be

Very sincerely yours


MVB to Andrew Jackson, 16 November 1828MVB to Andrew Jackson, 16 November 1828MVB to Andrew Jackson, 16 November 1828
Source: DLC Library of Congress
Collection: MVB Papers (DLC)
Series: Series 5 (1 January 1825-3 March 1829)