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MVB to [Edwin Croswell], 18 August 1824

My dear Sir,

Upon further reflection I am induced to submit it altogether to the judgment of our friends at Albany whether it is best to take the notice of Mr Emmets remarks which the Genl. contemplated. In addition to the objections which I mentioned to you [I] have had doubts whether we do not give more importance to the charge than the public do. But do your consult with the Treasurer Judge Skinner Comptroller & Atty. Genl. & do as they advise. If you think best to publish it the Comptroller must unaddle his communication & make it as mild & respectful as is necessary to prevent giving offence to E's Irish friends & he may if he pleases introduce some of the ideas contained in the enclosed. I am not certain that a better opportunity will soon occur to give contradict this false hood. If a contradiction of it is thought necessary there is nothing that cannot be said with entire safety.

Truly yours


NB. If you conclude to publish I would in an editorial article allude to the story of Govr Yates having been offered the Vice Presidency. Your denial of it the moment the Govr went over to them & their subsequent acquiescence in the falsehood of the charge &c &c

Typescript copy in MVB Papers, DLC (see image below); furnished by Miss Harriet A. Butler, Yonkers, N.Y.

MVB to Edwin Croswell, 18 August 1824
Source: NjP Princeton University
Collection: Butler Family Papers (NjP)
Series: Series 4 (3 December 1821-31 December 1824)