MVB to [Judith Paige Walker] Rives, 23 May 1834
May 23d. 34
My dear friend
I am to day for the first time in a long while somewhat unwell, and must therefore content myself with a short letter. The enclosed will speak for itself. The untoward events in France, and great disappointment in not getting off, have somewhat disturbed the good Ladies usual serenity, but in every thing that relates to you & yours, all is I am persuaded, as it should be. Our dissipations continue here, and it is altogether to a too free indulgence in those that I am indebted for a slight attack of my old enemy—dispepsion. Do you know, that the elections to the contrary notwithstanding, I have a sort of presentiment that your Legislature will after all send your good husband back. Happen what may, he is greatly the gainer by the events of the last six months. The opposition in the senate continue to be as violent in their feelings & design as heretofore, but cannot put so good a face on the matters. They resemble more the workings of a burnt out Volcano, which, after its fire, and flames, & burning lava is exhausted continues for a long time to emit volumes of smoke, and cinders & <
illegible> fragments of rock. When they break up the country will be comparatively at <peace>, for I doubt not its desire for repose. I intended to have gone to Nashville with its good old President but the movements of the enemy in Nyork admonish me that my duty calls me in that direction.
Unless therefore you and Mr Rives come north, which I sincerely hope may be the case, I must forego the great pleasure of seeing you this summer.
With the kindest regards for Mr Rives believe me to be
very truly yours
P.S. I will not forget your suggestion in regard to giving you an occasional account of matters & Mr Rives things here, but will expect in return an occasional letter from you, a gratification, I assure you of the most agreeable kind to me.