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S[tephen] Van Rensselaer [III] to MVB, 12 April 1834

My dear Sir

Previous to the receipt of your friendly & confidential letter, I had a visit from the Chairman of the Committee on the <Genl> Message, proferring me the Situation indicated in your letter, which I declined after expressing my acknowledgment for the confidence reposed in me, which is very flattering under exciting circumstances, having repeatedly declared both in public & private that the residue of my life should be devoted to benevolent purposes. I cannot therefore consistently accept any appointment unconnected with the charities of the day nor do I desire to appear again before the public in any other character than that of a Christian, whose remnant of life I wish to spend in promoting the extension of the Redeemers Kingdom. Accept my sincere thanks for the frequent expressions of your friendship & Kindness. I hope to have pleasure of seeing you shortly with my two Daughters. I leave home on Monday for Nyork. Wishing you health & happiness

Your friend


[In MVB's hand] The Patroon of Albany

Source: DLC Library of Congress
Collection: MVB Papers (DLC)
Series: Series 7 (4 March 1833-3 March 1837)