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MVB to Jesse Hoyt, 4 January 1829

My Dear Sir:

You need not, I think, have any apprehension about the message. The earliest allowable moment will be embraced to send you a copy; but that cannot be as soon as you desire. I thank you kindly for your letter, and beg you to write me always with equal freedom. I cannot consent to contribute by any act of mine to the prevalence of that great political vice, a desire to shun responsibility. I shall do the best I can in whatever relates to my office, and leave the result to PROVIDENCE and the People. Remember me kindly to Mrs. H. and believe me to be very sincerely your friend,


Does our friend L. Smith know that Judge Swanton has been recommended by the elite of the party in New York? I presume it is understood by him and all of our friends. I do not see how I can avoid the appointment

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Source: William Lyon Mackenzie, The Life and Times of Martin Van Buren . . . (1846)
Collection: N/A
Series: Series 5 (1 January 1825-3 March 1829)