MVB to [Andrew Jackson], 2 October 1833
October 2nd 33
My dear Sir
I thank you for your Kind letter but regret, sorely, your continued indisposition. I cannot but think that much of your fever & inconvenience at night, is attributable to those infernal hot coal fires, & I sincerely hope you will be induced, at least to make an experiment with Liverpool coal, If you cannot do with wood. When I was at Gadsbys last spring, I suffered more than I can well express from this source, & Mr Adams (who may be good authority in this matter, however bad he is in others) informed me, that
if he was satisfied, that he had recd great injury from the use of it in his bed room.
You will see by the enclosed, that the opposition have commenced the game I anticipated. They have found by experience that their abuse of you is labour lost, & they conclude wisely, that if they could succeed in shifting the <
illegible> Bank question from your shoulders to mine, they would be better able to serve the mammon than they are at present. Now, although I cannot grumble at the service they are rendering me with the people, by < illegible> < illegible> < illegible> than seek to place me identifying me with you in this matter, it will not do for us to expose the great measure to prejudice, by < illegible> doing any thing that would tend in the slightest degree to withdraw from it the protection of your name. I think therefore that this Editor has treated the matter in a sensible way. I am glad to hear that our friend McLane is taking an excursion. It will do him no harm to mix a little more with the people. Gov Cass is here. I have not seen as much of him as I intend to do. You may talk very freely to Mr. Irving-he is a sensible, discreet, & honest friend, though not a politician. Remember me kindly to all your house hold & believe me
Printed in CAJ, 5:214.