MVB to [Jesse Hoyt], 30 December 1826
Dec. 30, 1826.
The attack on the Vice President has produced very great excitement. The course pursued will cause it to recoil with severity. There is of course not the slightest presence for the allegation. Mr. Satterlee Clark of your city is the “gentleman from New York.” My friend Judge Rowan is 45 inches round the chest. My quondam friend John A. King, whilst here, stayed with Mr. Webster; and when he parted from me, I was no sensible from his manner that he carried advices from here which would induce the administration folks to come out against me that I wrote confidentially to Campbell by the same mail my impressions, and requested General Van Rensselaer to look out for it in the American the morning after they left us. The result has, I think, verified my conjectures. Say nothing of this as coming from me.
In haste, your friend,
M. V. BUREN.