MVB to A[ndrew] Jackson, 13 October 1834
October 13th. 34
My dear Sir
I thank you kindly for your interesting & friendly letter. I shall leave here, God willing, as soon as we get through the election, and be with you at last two, if not three weeks before the meeting of Congress. Dismiss the Internal Improvements subject from your mind, so far as I can do any thing about it, for it shall not be neglected. The opposition are growing desperate in this State & Penn., & rely upon positive feeling alone. We have driven them from every ground, & no man in his senses doubts that the people are with us. The only question is, how far they will be able to <destress> our career by fraud & violence. But will not all do. We must & shall beat them, I trust. In Connecticut they have succeeded by the skin of their teeth, & like bedlamites they are firing 100 Cannon because they have not lost their election in Conn., Delaware & Maryland—the last resorts of old Federalism. Was there ever any thing so ridiculous. Our friends in Connecticut have done nobly & will without doubt succeed next year. We have been uncommonly fortunate in our Congress nominations, & have healed the breaches <
illegible> in every district in the State. Some of them were very formidable, but they have all yielded to prudence and good feelings.
I notice what you say about French affairs. We shall not differ, I <am> <sure> as to the ground to be taken in that matter. Your past forbearance will now come to our aid, & the opposition will I trust before Winter be whipt into, at least, an affectation of regard for the honor & interest of the Country. The alarm I am seeing here has become so reckless & rampant as to make the people laugh. They do not know which is most ridiculous the motive or the impatience of our enemies.
Allow me my dear sir to congratulate you most sincerely on the bright prospects you have before you. If ever a man had reason to rejoice in the success of his movements you are certainly that man. Your health cannot be otherwise than good under such feelings. John & Smith desire to be remembered to you. They both figure in the columns of the opposition papers. Smith was a little startled at first upon seeing his name in the papers but has become quite reconciled to it. Remember me kindly to Major Donelson Major Lewis & Col. Earle
It will give me pleasure to hear from you whenever you have perfect leisure, if such a time ever comes, & am Dr Sir
very truly yours,