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MVB to J[ames] A[lexander] Hamilton, 15 February 1829

My dear Sir

Enclosed you have a letter from Major Eaton to me & a copy of my reply. enclosed. You will judge by the condition of things when they arrive whether it will be best to deliver the letter or not. If the Cabinet arrangements are made when my letters is are received it will for many reasons be desirable that my inattention to the Majors letter should be attributed to the same cause with his negligence in not sending it to me before. His query in relation to myself was not but much better considered than the letter of Major L on the subject to which you replied for me. You will of course not let the Major know that you are advised of any thing except what you are requested to say in the note that covers his. Write me.

Very truly yours


Printed in Hamilton, Reminiscences, 92-93. A third enclosed document John Henry Eaton to MVB, n.d. referred to was not found. 

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Source: NN New York Public Library
Collection: Martin Van Buren Letters and Documents, 1814-1858 (NN)
Series: Series 5 (1 January 1825-3 March 1829)