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J[ohn] Van Buren to MVB, 5 July 1833

My dear Father,

Young Guert Gansevoort has just called in to say that he has received orders to repair to the Navy Yard at Brooklyn. He was frozen on the coast some time ago & is frequently very much incommoded by cold weather. Mrs. G. is very anxious (& so is Guert) that he should be allowed a birth in the Delaware, permanently, if possible or else to be attached to some other ship when the Del. arrives in the Mediterranean.

Do what you can for him. He is a very nice young man.

What the D—l is in the wind that the President hurries back to Washington so. There is a general disappointment & considerable dissatisfaction felt here which latter of course would be dissipated by good reasons ^for his return^ if they are forthcoming as I suppose they will be.

Probably he has written to the Mayor. There is a meeting of Committees called for tomorrow evening.

Butler is at Utica, attending the Supreme Court. His family are here well.

Smith dropped in upon me the other day & but returned immediately to Pittsfield by the way of New York.

Let us hear from you.


J.Van Buren

P.S. Hubbell delivered a 4th. of July oration yesterday & after complimenting the Scotch, Dutch and others neglected to mention the Irish (with the Hibernian Society staring him full in the face) because, as he says, he did like to make any invidious distinctions. They are bloody mad in a small way. J.V.B.

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Source: PSt Pennsylvania State University, Pattee Library
Collection: Alexander Duer Harvey Collection of Martin Van Buren Correspondence, 1814-1866 (PSt)
Series: Series 7 (4 March 1833-3 March 1837)