James Alexander Hamilton to MVB, 15 May 1834

James A[lexander] Hamilton to MVB, 15 May 1834

NewYork

My dear Sir.

As one of a Commee appointed to collect information necessary to guide our political friends in making up their minds whether they will establish a new paper or contribute to support "The Times” I write this letter to ask you to inform me of a proper person to be the Editor of the Party in this city If in the extensive range of your knowledge of persons such a man should be in your <Eye> view you will render a service by naming him to us. You once spoke to me of a Gentleman in Baltimore who had the requisite qualifications. A Mr Reynolds of this State formerly Editor of the Montgomery Herald has also been mentioned.

At the meeting last evening at which this course was <approved> there were thirteen Gentlemen who were unanimous in the opinion that the necessary contributions should be made to get up a paper and Equally so that "The Times" without an addition of Talent was undeserving of their support of

Our first object will be to ascertain whether the Proprietor of that paper will be willing to yield <illegible> Editorial Department to the management of a competent person to be selected by their Political friends. The second if that cannot be done will be to Establish a new paper

"The Times" must expire if it does not receive immediate succor I need not therefore <urgent> your early attention to this subject

Your <&c> &c &c

James A Hamilton

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