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J[esse] Hoyt to MVB, 28 January 1834

Dear Sir:

My friend and neighbor, Elbert J. Anderson, Esquire, who will deliver you this, visits Washington as one of a Committee of Merchants, charged with a memorial from a portion of that class of our citizens, in relation to the present embarrassed state of trade. He is extensively and actively engaged in business, and is familiarly acquainted with the difficulties that seem, and no doubt actually do exist with all commercial and mercantile men. He is one of the few intelligent and ardent supporters of the present administration, who differ in opinion with it in relation to its views concerning the Bank of the United States. He makes a personal sacrifice in this mission, with no other motive than a desire to promote the interests of his fellow-citizens, and the information that he will be able to impart concerning this interesting subject, to those whose motives are in common with his own, commends him to your favourable notice. Though I do not agree with him in all his views, yet I take pleasure in bearing testimony to his great sincerity, and purity of character; and his intelligence upon this subject you will discover without any intimation from me. With great respect and consideration,

I remain your friend and obedient servant.


Printed in Mackenzie, MVB, 249.

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Source: Mackenzie, <em>Life and Times of Martin Van Buren</em>
Collection: N/A
Series: Series 7 (4 March 1833-3 March 1837)