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Anonymous to MVB, 14 April 1833



It is prudent, and best that I should for the present address you anonymously, I however will observe we are well known to each other, and you know I have influence!--- I have always been your friend, but some acts of your political life, I have not approved of, but I have confidence that the future will be for your honor and the welfare of the country.

The peculiar situation of our country and the breaking up of parties which was so evident at the last session, has made all honest men look about and uniting with those best calculated to preserve the honor and integrity of the Union. You are that person, and occurenes has taken place that will secure you a support you could hardly have anticipated, and if you profit (some doubt you will) by the advantages, which seem all round within your power, you are sure to be our next President.

You certainly have sagacity to see the necessity of securing those friends which MrClay has so ungenerously sacraficed, his compromise has ruined him; without satisfying the south. I advise your uniting strongly with the Tarif party, Cherish internal improvement, and give way to the wants of the people, your further opposition to the bank and secure the good opinion of Webster in some way or other; give up to him his <predijuce>; he is a <illegible>, and you & him ought to draw together, you both represent the same Interests, who could withstand your Joint efforts, then would our Country be prosperous and happy? You have little or nothing to expect south of the Potomac, your friends here are all among the union party, and they have a powerful party to contend with, and one of the most important Offices is held in this City by a rank nullifier, it is the Post Master, he ought not to be retained one moment, he is not popular with either party, that office should be given to some discreet managing man and I know of but one in the City that ought to have it, and his name I enclose, and if he would accept it you and your friends would be more benefited than you can be aware of, and it would give you general satisfaction. This intimation is made without his knowledge, for I have not his acquaintance!

Remember this communication, treasure it up, keep it in your own breast, you may occasionally hear further from me, beware of the hands of the Nullies, I hear what you cannot: make friends with the national Republicans: they are powerfull in talents, and not disposable in numbers. I want to see you great, popular, and happy, and respected.

Your true friend.



Circumstances may soon occur for me to address you in my real name.   

Anonymous to MVB, 14 April 1833Anonymous to MVB, 14 April 1833Anonymous to MVB, 14 April 1833
Source: DLC Library of Congress
Collection: MVB Papers (DLC)
Series: Series 7 (4 March 1833-3 March 1837)