Washington Irving to MVB, 11 March 1834
March 11th, 1834.
My Dear Sir:
Your letter concerning Mr. McLane is deeply interesting. I have felt great anxiety about him, knowing the excessively trying situation in which he was placed and the delicate and involved state of his feelings. He is entitled to every consideration from you all. His sacrifices of feeling must be great, yet his continuance in the Cabinet at this crisis is of great importance to his friends, even though his arms may be tied up as to the contest in which they are engaged. It is also important to his own welfare. His retirement at this moment would be made a handle of by the opponents of the Administration, and he would be forced, in spite of himself, into a wretched collision with his late friends. What a sorry figure is ---- making of it—spinning out newspaper letters to swell this eternal bank theme. I have no thought of coming to Washington at present. I am quietly settled in the bosom of my family, and gradually getting back into those literary habits which have been so long interrupted and which, after all, are most congenial to my tastes. Besides I have no inclination to hear any spouting on this Bank Question—I begin to loathe the subject, and can hardly relish the sight of a bank note—in a little while nothing but a hard dollar will set upon my stomach. Truly we are a bank-ridden country.
John was in town the other day, looking very well, though pretending to be somewhat affected in purse by the shifting of the deposits.
Remember me kindly to the Major. When you see the family of the McLanes give my most affectionate remembrances to them. I long to hear from some one or other of them, for I have not had any domestic news from them for months.
Ever, my dear sir,
Very truly yours,
Printed in Washington Irving Letters, 2:790-791.