MVB to Andrew Jackson, 17 October 1837

MVB to [Andrew] Jackson, 17 October 1837


My dear Genl

You will have seen the result of our labours before this reaches you. Although not as well as could be wished, we have perhaps done as well as could have been expected under existing circumstances. The Divorce Bill will pass at the next session that is if I am right in believing that the people desire it; & of that I have no doubt. I think I see my way quite clear through the difficulties that have beset my path from the commencement of my brief administration. Every day convinces me more of the perfect reliance, that, may under all circumstances be placed in the intelligence patriotism & fortitude of the people. They ^(the opposition)^ will press us hard for the <few> first elections but our foundations are wisely & firmly laid, & our triumph will come in good time. We have extricated ourselves from the false position, of being responsible for the conduct of institutions, that are by the law of their nature hostile to the Democracy. Henceforth we will do them, and all others, justice, & I hope have justice done to ouselves.

My chief object in writing you at this time, is, to prevail upon you to permit us to say to Mr Bancroft that he shall have your papers, & write your life. He is precisely the man. A root & branch Democrat and the best writer in the U. States. He is now writing a history of the U. S. that will do him immortal honor, & advance sound political principles a century.

Remember me affectionately to Mr. & Mrs. Jackson & my little godson & Col Earle & believe me to be

very truly yours


P.S. I send you an Argus by way of sample to shew you what is the sense the N. York democracy entertains of your services. The same spirit pervades all their meetings


Sub Treasury Bill

His papers for a life by Bancroft

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