MVB to James A[lexander] Hamilton, 2 February 1829
February 2, 1829.
My Dear Hamilton:
I enclose you a letter to the General, which explains all that I would otherwise write. You will exercise your discretion as to delivering it open or sealed. If the arrangement I propose succeeds, or, whether it does or not, there cannot be a doubt of our ability to serve you in proportion to our desires. I have no time to add another word. I hope Eaton has shown you my letter to him. I had not hear or thought of Messrs. Branch and Eaton as members of the Cabinet, and but slightly of Mr. Berrian. I have, as you know, accepted the General's invitation, and shall stand my hand. I am anxious that McLane and Major-General Hamilton (of South Carolina), should understand all my views; but not to make them a subject of remark. Hamilton and myself only differed in this, that I wished McLane for the Treasury and Cheves for the Navy. But, if the matter is settled otherwise, you and he will see the vital importance of my not saying a word upon the point, or in relation to events which I could not have foreseen, and cannot avoid. See Hamilton and give him this information. Tell him, I have received his letter, and sincerely thank him for it, and that I will write him soon; but I have scarcely time to turn round, and anything I might say now would come too late. But, excuse me for again pressing the importance of not using my name in a manner which could only serve to excite prejudices that might do a dis-service to the public, and all other interests, without doing good. Write me often.