Washington Irving to [MVB], 5 October 1833
Octo. 5th, 1833.
My Dear Sir,
I have yours of Octo. 2nd and am gratified by the clear sunshiny view you take of the cloudy concerns of our friend McL. I am convinced that all you say is just, and it is very much to the purport of what I stated to him in repeated conversations. I am happy to say he left here the day before yesterday on his excursion, in very good spirits, and I fancy his mental atmosphere is relieved from the fogs and glooms that lower’d about it. He returns on Tuesday next, and after I have seen him and had a little more conversation with him, I shall turn my face homewards and trust to see you in New York before you set off for the South. * * *
I have taken a family dinner with the President and have seen him since, in an evening visit. His health is not good, and I fancy he has been much worried of late by his Cabinet affairs; he seems anxious to have you here, and now that he has had his “wicked will” of the bank I think you had better be at his elbow. I have confidence in your knowledge of character and hope that your opinions of Mr. (Kendall) may be correct. Many hard things are said of him, but I know how exposed men in his situation are to be misrepresented.
I am in my old quarters in the neighborhood of the McLane’s, and am making use of a quiet nook and a little interval of leisure to exercise my long neglected pen, It is an odd place and time for a man to amuse himself with literary avocations, but it shows how little I am of a politician.
Ever very truly yours,
The asterisks at the end of the first paragraph indicate that this letter was excerpted for MVB's Autobiography.