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MVB to Charles J[ared] Ingersoll, 16 September 1844

My dear Sir 

I acknowledge with pleasure the receipt of your letter containing the reasons which governed your course in relation to the proceedings at Baltimore.

For the desire it evinces that the explanation should satisfy me of your undiminished personal regard I thank you very kindly & beg you to be assured that it will always afford me real pleasure to hear of your prosperity & happiness in whatever situation you may hereafter be placed.

In respect to the political aspect of the matters spoken of I can have but little to say. Having studiously & faithfully abstained from any attempt, direct or indirect, to influence the conduct of any one in relation to the nomination, I could not be so unreasonable as to cherish un-kind feelings towards those who in the exercise of an undoubted right felt it their duty to oppose me. Although I cannot assent to the correctness of the views you appear to have taken in regard to the extent of the secession from the Party which would have been caused by my nomination, or even believe that either, it, or the <cause> we sustain would, in the end, have been weakened by those which might have occurred, I am yet free to say that a different course from than that which you have adopted could hardly have been expected from one, who, in good faith, entertained the apprehension you express, & who was under no direct responsibility ^to the people^ for the course to be pursued by the convention.

Should circumstances ever bring you in this vicinity I shall be most happy to see you at Lindenwald & am

Very respectfully 

& truly yours

MVanBuren

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Source: PHi Historical Society of Pennsylvania
Collection: Charles J. Ingersoll Collection (PHi)
Series: Series 12 (5 March 1841-31 December 1844)