H[enry] D[ilworth] Gilpin to MVB, 15 October 1844
15 October 1844
My dear Sir
You will have seen the result of our elections. We carry the state by a majority of about 4000. If we had retained our usual vote in the county of Philadelphia it would have given us a majority in the state not very far below the regular democratic strength. The result next month depends on the success or failure of the Whigs in the desperate efforts they are making to retain the native American vote here, and to overcome our majority in the state. All that money, influence, organization & coalitions can accomplish will be gained; but our belief is that our majority cannot be lessened. If this is so then New York might decide the contest. The union of the Abolitionists &Whigs in Ohio is an unfavourable sign as to their course in New York. I trust however that Mr. Wright's name is such a tower of strength that even with them united he will beat them. The returns from Georgia seem to show that the southern states are likely to stand by us—which is more than I expected of several of them.
I read your letter to Mr. Dallas and the one inclosed and told him what I had written to you as my own impression of the matter. This he said was correct; that he did not remember the particular language of his letter to Mr. Mumford but was sure it could not bear the interpretation given to it. He said he would examine & refer to the letters he received from him & especially that to which it was a reply, so as to recall it more particularly to his recollection and then speak to me about it again. This he has not yet done; but when he does I will write you what he says.
I have no doubt that there is much truth in the supposition of your correspondent that efforts have been made to hold up your friends as lukewarm and even dissatisfied supporters of the Baltimore nominees. I can perceive myself and have done so throughout the canvass that notwithstanding the certainty now quite apparent that your magnanimity and that of your friends in New York, Pennsylvania & Virginia our success will be owing, still they are covertly treated with distrust—probably the objects of sinister intrigues—and certainly sought to be kept out of sight or considered as persons of very questionable allegiance to the rising powers. Which I am sure there is no one who more strongly hopes for the success of the democratic cause at this crisis or has more respect for our candidates personally—for Mr. Dallas especially by every tie—yet I should relinquish my whole sense of what is right if I did not express my opinions of the intrigues at Baltimore which I saw with my eyes and heard with my ears—& hope never to see or hear the like of again. I do not think—I must say—that those things have made any impression on Mr. Dallas, he knows the world too well—he knows (better than I find I have done) the real sincerity of men around him. But enough of this. You must be tired of having your mind and thoughts called to any thing connected with those incidents of party politics which to me at least seem too wretched to dwell on.
Mr. C. Ingersoll is in high spirits at his election. Indeed it was miraculous. Why in the world the Whigs did not coalesce with the Natives in his district, it is impossible to imagine. He told us yesterday of his having had a very agreeable letter from you and intends he says to go and see whether all he hears of Lindenwald farming is true, before he goes to Washington. I hope he will go soon—for you know when things go right with him how pleasant he is, and now you are the great topic of his praise—at least it is so to us, where he knows it is a subject so dear to our hearts. Did you see a letter in ^the^ Globe a few evenings since? From that I infer he was certainly offered the mission to Austria; though I have never heard of any [. . .] falling from him here to that effect.
Governor Coles tells us that Mrs. VanBuren and her mother are to be here in a few days. We shall be very glad indeed to see them; and will promise our aid to entertain them while they stay. Their visit gives us an assurance that you will be "coming along this way" too during the winter—and we will promise you a game of whist every eveing, for as long as you will stay with us.
I had a letter from Mr. Poinsett a few days since. There is nothing particular in it except his opinions on South Carolina politics & Mr. Calhoun's future plans—which no doubt he writes you himself.
Ever truly yours
H. D. GIlpin