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Tho[ma]s Ritchie to [Silas Wright Jr.], 20 March 1844

My Dear Sir,

At the hazard of being considered the greatest bore in Christendom, I send you the following Extract of a Letter I received last night from Washington:

"March 17—The Texan Question is destined to succeed. I think the Treaty, when made, will certainly be ratified. x x x To-morrow Evening, a decisive Article will appear in the Globe. Gen. Jackson is with us most heartily with us, and will go the whole. He is the originator of this movement, and will see it through. Unless forced to do so, we must not make this a party question. Unless there is great imprudence or folly, Van Buren will be re-elected—but if he goes against Texas (which I deem impossible,) all is gone."

I would send you the original, but it is marked "Confidential." The writer is a member of Congress—and a friend of Mr. Van Buren. Be so good as to consider its contents confidential—with the reservation only, that if you think it best, you may communicate them to V. V.B. I leave that disposition of them to your own sound discretion. 

I do not wish you to answer this Letter. I earnestly beg you, not. If, you do, I will not write you again. You have trouble enough to encounter.

Judge Daniel has favored me with a perusal of your correspondence about the Judgeship. I cannot forbear offering you my heart-felt tribute of thanks for your conduct. Your example is so rare in this office-hunting and greedy age, that it as honorable to you as it is extraordinary.

With best Regards,

Yours Truly,

Thos. Ritchie

Source: DLC Library of Congress
Collection: MVB Papers (DLC)
Series: Series 12 (5 March 1841-31 December 1844)