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MVB to B[enjamin] F[ranklin] Butler, 20 May 1844

My dear Sir

Should the Convention, from a desire to propitiate those who entertain personal prejudices agt. me, decide in favor of the nomination of Mr. Wright for the Presidency, you are authorized to say in my behalf, that there is not a man in the U. States who would be better satisfied with the selection, or who ^would^ go farther, in the use of honest means, to make the selection effectual than myself.

Should the affair take that direction, I hope you will immediately make it your business to see Mr Wright, & prevent him by all means in your power from declining the nomination. In doing so, you will add my personal solicitations to your own, & say in my name what you believe I would say if present. Nothing could occur that would give me more pain than his refusal under such circumstances

I am dear Sir

Very truly

Your friend


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MVB to Benjamin Franklin Butler, 20 May 1844
Source: NjP Princeton University
Collection: Butler Family Papers (NjP)
Series: Series 12 (5 March 1841-31 December 1844)