MVB to Smith Thompson, 2 February 1821

MVB to Smith Thompson, 2 February 1821

My dear Sir,

The Republican members of the Legislature held their caucus last night on the subject of Senator to Congress and after a fair temperate & manly debate unanimously concured in the nomination of your hble. Servt. for that place. On the ballot the Votes were for Mr Sanford 24 for myself 58—one of Mr. S. friends and six of mine were absent. The appointment takes place on Tuesday, the utmost harmony & good feeling prevails & the caucus nomination will without doubt be supported without a single exception. Several of the gentlemen who voted for Mr S. were as well pleased with the result as if they had succeeded but they thought it proper to vote on the first ballot as they did & no effort of any kind was made to prevent them from doing so. The Clintonians are sadly disappointed, they expected much trouble & were prepared to avail themselves of the opport[u]nity it would present to reek their vengeance on me. The appearance of his Excellency in the Streets to day is regarded by the public as evidence of the severe mortification he experiences from his disappointment in this particular. I had made up my mind to decline in favour of Judge Yates, but I found that he had taken so active a part agt. me & that I had been so villainously abused by his friend W. P. V. Ness that it was due to myself to persevere & to put the Yates Influence at open defiance, which I did. I certainly lost by it one (Henrys) vote & perhaps his uncle Veeder but certainly no more. Shew this if you please to Mr King. Present my best respects to your family & believe me to be

Very sincerely your



NB. The meeting unanimously passed a resolution expressive of their confidence in Mr Sanford.

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Printed in King, Correspondence, 6:383-384.