MVB to [James Alexander Hamilton], [February/March 1829]
My dear Sir
The several letters which I have written to the President through you explain most things of which I would other ^wise^ speak in this. Any mode in which you may think the business of the Department can be best attended to, whether that which is stated in your letter of the 25th, or the one suggested
to by me will be alike agreeable. I have recevd a letter from Mr Verplanck to day in which he informs me that it is understood to be the intention of the President to send Mr Moore of Kentucky to Mexico but that it is feared that his nomination & departure will be delayed by my absence; & that such delay would be embarrassing to Mr Moore. If this is so, it is proper that I should say, that I know of few men who have stronger claims upon the interest that is now happily ascendant than Mr. M., and ^that^ my respect for his talents is equal to my conviction of his high merits in other respects. As he goes out to relieve Mr Poinsett, I < illegible> am not apprized that any particular instructions, < illegible> other than such as may without prejudice to the public interest be sent after him, will be necessary. Should the case be otherwise you will have no difficulty in causing them to be prepared. You should not suffer the imputations of Mr Adams to afflict you. Certainly not for the present, for the declaration of an old gentleman acknowledging himself particeps criminis that a nameless somebody told him that your father agreed to attend a convention, cannot with just minds be regarded as sufficient to impart his patriotism. Write me directed to Nyork to the care of Campbell Make my best respects to the President and believe me to be
Editorial Note: Printed in Hamilton, Reminiscences, 95.