MVB to [James Alexander] Hamilton, 30 December 1826
Dec 30th 1826
My dear Hamilton,
I cannot advise as to the use of the letter until I see it. If you are not willing to send me a copy with directions to burn it after read the matter must rest until I can see you. You have certainly a right to use all lawful weapons to get at the means necessary to do justice to your fathers memory. I beg you to get & send me forthwith such extracts from the correspondence between Genl. Washington & your father as relates to the power of the general government over the subject of Internal improvements. If it can be useful I will send it back to your brother John to get it authenticated as he has the other extract. Don’t forget this as I may want to use it soon. You have seen the blow up about the V.P. He has turned the war completely into the enemies camp. Taylor has outraged all propriety in the appointment of the Committee. The V.P.’ friends ^as you will see by the Telegraph^ believe that this is done not so much to harass him as to defend themselves by preventing enquiries as to who moved the wires. Satterle Clark who is the ostensible man is from your City & talks big here about NYork politics. He makes speeches about the certainty of my defeat &c &c &c. If there ^ever^ was a man who had reason to be proud ^of^ his wife you should but as you say, you do not boast of it, but knowing you well I never doubted it the less as that <account>. Make my respects to her & believe me to be very sincerely your
P.S. Inter nos. I dined with Mr Adams on Friday when the following dialogue took place. President. I am much troubled sir about the appointment of Surveyer in Ny.
Answer. I presume so. It was a source of much trouble to Mr Monroe.
P. Yes but his was voluntary.
Reply. I presume you are hard pressed to reappoint the present incumbent.
P. Yes & I have great repugnance to the act.
A long pause-but nothing more said on either side. Ought I to have said more unless expressly asked. The design in introducing the conversation was obvious but it is too late in the day.
P.S. Can I draw on you for the $225?
I was so certain from John a Kings manner & conversation when he left me that he carried instructions to open the war upon me that I wrote to Campbell my impression by the same mail & requested Genl. VRensselaer to lay by the ammunition for me.