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MVB to D[e]W[itt] Clinton, 19 April 1810



Yours was duly received, the complexion of your ticket is very odious to all liberal & well informed republicans in the country, their illiberal & Jacobinic conduct will however have a conclusive tendency to prevent them from extending their disorganizing Spirit ^in^ to the Country. So that if your ticket but succeeds it will be all for the best, there is no better way to cure your folks of the martling fever than by a Winter Residen[ce] [in] Albany. My A Brother in law of mine who is a mechant in Scharie was at my house yesterday and informed me that there was no doubt of our success for assembly &c in that county, he is a moderate man & I Consider his opinion entitled to confidence. Dr. Bu<ll> was in town from Dutchess and informed us that the Federalists in that county despaired of success in their assembly ticket, that he had no doubt of its ^our^ compleat success. Every account from Ulster & Delaware is more than usually flattering. The Feds. will undoubtedly make a vast many Votes. Our friends at first Startled at the proposition & voted me down in Committee with some degree of Warmth. By particular attention I made them acquainted with the extent to which the Feds. intended to carry it, a gave them the No. of towns & calculation to what Number 10 in each town would amount. They are now if any thing to zealous in the Business, the very men who were the warmest opposers are now constantly teazing me on the subject, the spirit has extended through our ranks throughout the county. At the last town elections the Quakers in the Country towns did not turn out & they had fo determined not to vote at the Genl. Election to induce them to vote I wrote a circular & had it presented to the head of the society here for his signatu[re] he admitted it was all right but could not sign it, we urged to him the conduct of our opponents in making Votes. He said we had no other course left but to meet them on there own ground. I cordially despis[e] the p^r^actice but I think under existing circumstan[ces] necessity drives us to it. We only neutralise the effec[ts] of their corrupt conduct. If you have leisure I should happy to hear from you again on the Subject of the Election while it is going on.

Yours Cordially



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Source: NNC Columbia University
Collection: DeWitt Clinton Papers (NNC)
Series: Series 1 (5 December 1782-31 December 1811)