MVB to DeWitt Clinton, 30 April 1808
April 30th. 1808
We have again been beaten, most shamefully beaten. Notwithstanding the greatest possible exertions on our part, the embargo & the Idea of
fFrench influence produced a most extraordinary Effect, ^many^ although satisfyed of the propriety & necessity of the measure, many Voted for the federal ticket in hopes of relief from the embarrassments produced by the present state of things, The majority in this county is about 600 in Rensselear about 400. I fear Washington can not give us enough to over ballance this.
It is sincerely to be hoped that the other Counties have exercised more dis cretion & patriotism, Should that however not be the case, we have nothing to do but to return to the Contest with redoubled ardor.