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MVB to [John Peter] V[an] Ness, 10 September 1803

My Good Friend

I have this day Recd. a Line from Mr. Jacob Van Ness, in which he expresses your solicitude and anxiety on account of your Brothers name not being included in the list of Counsellors admitted in our last August Term. I embrace the earliest oppertunity to remove your apprehensions on this head. Corns. was admitted as Counsellor (not as atty) & is now practising in Spencertown in Company with Thompson. I would have wrote J. V. Ness before this time in answer to his first but refrained from doing it, untill after our next Common pleas Term (which is next week) when your Brother means to apply for License in that Court, the event of which application will enable me more fully to answer his Queries, Give if you please my Respects to him & inform him of the above Facts.

I have been in this place, about 2 months not hearing from Newyork you & the warm season advancing coming on, I left Newyork indebted in about the sum of $120 pble in this fall when I go down to take my Examination which will be in about 6 week. I must then also, Purchase my Books, my Brother has advanced me upwards of $200 he will make arrangements I hope, for the purc payment of Books & my this fall expenses as to the other sum I hope to hear from you Immediately. I want to consult with you where to settle, I think of Claverack or Hudson. In short I want to talk to you the Limits of a Letter are too contracted for my Subject. When Shall I see you, We literally bear the sway here the for Champions of Former days have sunk into merited obscurity & insignificance. I am surprised Wm. does not leave N.Y.

In haste yours most sincerely, Respects

to Mrs. Van Ness & Let me hear from you

M. V. Buren

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Source: MoSHi Missouri Historical Society
Collection: Presidents Collection, 1802-1969 (MoSHi)
Series: Series 1 (5 December 1782-31 December 1811)