MVB to [Andrew] Jackson, 16 May 1833
May 16th. 1833
My dear Sir
I was made unhappy by your letter rcd. yesterday. I hope the compromising state of health under which it was written has passed away, & that the pain in your breast has left you before this time. If you are too much engaged with my friend Mr Earle to drop me a line on the subject. Be assured that nothing short of absolute incapacity will reconcile the people to the disappointment of not seeing you in this quarter. They have been so thoroughly impressed with that expectation that their gratification has become a sort of duty. You may have seen the proceedings of a meeting here to make arrangements for your reception. I have impressed them, as far as I can with the propriety of respecting your known wishes to proceed through the Country with as little parade as possible, & they will not be unreasonable upon the subject, but will have to be gratified to some extent. They have appointed a Committee to wait upon you at Washington but have deferred sending them down, & will I hope give it up altogether. They are prepared to have you decline a <desire> to omit addresses, but appear to have set their hearts upon an aquatic <illegible> I have told them that after you arrive in the City I was apprehensive it would not be agreeable to you to go out for such a purpose, but that I hoped you would consent to meet them at Staten Island, or Elizabeth Town Point on a <morning> <illegible> & accompany them into the City. This would enable them to make their desired display on the water, & they might then take you directly to the City Hall, & go through with the presentations on the same day. This much I hope you will agree to, as to refuse it would mortify them greatly, & its compliance will not put you to any fatigue or inconvenience beyond what will be unavoidable. I lea[rn] that Mr Monroe met them at Staten Island, & all the Presidents who have been here have gone to the City Hall to see the Citizens.
The views you express about Dr. S. are precisely those I entertain, & the course you I propose to yourself is the very one I desire. There is a difference between reposing & confiding in the sense in which you use the terms. The <illegible> & <mere> justice is all that he has a right to expect from you. He proposes to hold no relations with <M>., & says that the opposition to his last election came from that quarter. I have no doubt that there is a desire throughout that class of men with whom the Dr. <illegible> to behave well in <future>, & a desire which will be properly met by the course you propose.
I send you two letters which when you have read please to burn & if it comes in your way <
illegible> Judge goodness to ask Judge Haywood about the writers & whether it is worth while to speak to Gov Cass in behalf of Marshall. Remember me most kindly to all your Household & believe me Dr
Sir yours truly
P.S. The last article in the Globe & Mr Rives statement is overwhelming. There, if I was in Mr <illegible> place I would let the matter rest. The public mind is thoroughly made up upon the whole subject, but this last was not <illegible> what has become of the rest of the Review.
[Written in Andrew Jackson’s hand] Recd. and answered 19th. May 1833. The two letters referred to within not recd. A.J