[Thomas Hart] Benton to MVB, [cJanuary 1829]
The enclosed letter came to me open, of course I am cognizant of the contents. I presume you have correspondents <here>
yo who give you the little rumors which circulate.
I send you a set of Resolutions, which I mean to support some day in a sort of a Speech. This subject of In. Imp. must be regulated, and upon the basis of justice to all the states. It is not in nature that one set of partners can be content to see another set forever using the common funds for their private benefit.
I have known Balch for 18 years. I was his patron when I was in Tennessee, and as a member of the State Senate there, I got him the place of Solicitor general. You can be confidential with him. I know him to be friendly to you.