Andrew Jackson to MVB, 27 July 1833
July 27th 1833
My Dr Sir,
I arrived here this morning at 6. AM & found all things comfortable for our accommodation. I hope this fine air, & salt bathing will brace or restore my health. I assure you I feel much debility.
On my way hither Mr Blair made the communication which I have got him to commit to writing & now enclose you. I have no doubt but it is a sheer fabrication & falshood, and being the only ground taken by him ^McKain^ or his justification for his rude attack upon you in his published letter pending the last presidential election. If you will authorise Mr Blair to give to his correspondent, your friend, your contradiction of being the author of the peace alluded to, Mr McKain can be politically put down. The denial sweeps from ^him all^ his ground of <illegible> to you, and he must either become your friend, or be chargeable with malice & fabrication against you. We believe McKeans statement a falshood, and your denial will either silence ^him or^
or put it in the power of your friends in pennsylvania to put him down by shewing that he has made this false charge as the tool of Ingham & Calhoun to injure & destroy you.
Please answer this at as early a day as you can & in such a way as your denial can be given to the public. It will have a good effect to put down the combination formed to injure you in pennsylvania.
The Major is well & down with me and all my household join me in kind greetings & good wishes to you.
Francis Preston Blair's notes on conversation regarding Gen. McKean's hostility toward MVB, [July 1833].