A[nthony] J[ames] Bleeker to MVB, 8 November 1840
8 Nov 1840
My dear Sir
Allow me to express to you in the sincerity of grief my heartfelt regret at the disastrous state of affairs the recent elections have produced, and for the deep and lasting injury our beloved country and the cause of true principles have sustained in the overthrow of the noblest party that ever existed in the world.
For you sir personally (independently of your feelings as a patriot) I cannot but consider the calamity which has befallen us as a happy result, for it has afforded to posterity through all time one illustrious example at least of a Government more honest than the People. That our countrymen have affixed a stigma to the American name, and erected an endearing monument to Ingratitude, are considerations more deeply wounding to every lover of his country than any dread of evil likely to proceed from the success of the corrupt factions whom the madness of the people have elevated to power.
It is a reflection not without solace however that of pure devotion to the public welfare, a firm and unceasing watchfulness by night and by day, an entire forgetfulness of any selfish principle could have secured a different result, that end would most apparently have been obtained.
Trusting that Providence will in its wisdom preserve you in unsullied health until the sure return of democratic triumph
I am dear sir
with profound esteem &
affection nearly filial
most truly yours &c
Anthony J. Bleeker