MVB to A[ndrew] J[ackson] Donelson, 28 April 1841
April 28th. 41
My dear Major
I am fearful that I spoke so indifferently about the $800 as to induce you to believe it altogether unimportant whether I recd. it or not. Indeed I substantially so regarded it when I wrote, but having been now for several weeks in the hands House furnishers and House repairers & gardeners &c &c I find that the payment of that amount to my credit in the Bank of America in this City in the course of a few weeks would be very convenient.
You see they have not yet done with the genl and are very much mortified that he
has is not like a large portion of the whigs ^here^ made insolvent by the use of their favourite credit system. A circumstance occurred to me upon this subject a few days since which pleased me much. Visiting the marble yard of Fisher & Byrd in the Bowery whom I had employed to make some mantle pieces for me, they inquired with great delicacy & interest into the truth of the story which was in circulation about the Genls insolvency. Thinking that there was something more than common in the manner of their inquiries, I purposely gave the conversation a turn which gave them an opportunity if they pleased, to state the motives of the enquiry, if there was anything particular in them. I was pleased to hear them say, that they and their friends in that Democratic part of the City wished to know the truth of the Story with the view of contributing in some unexceptionable way to the Genl.s. relief, which they said was the general desire. This was said in that unaffected & unostentatious way which marks the conduct of the true friend & honest man on such occasions. It is unnecessary to say how much they were gratified to hear the truth of the matter from me.
Remember me kindly to the Genl. & to all his & your Households & believe me to be
very truly yours
P.S. I propose to leave here for Kinderhook on the 8th. of May. I can say to you with great sincerity that I have never in all my life enjoyed so much satisfaction from my intercourse with the people, since the 4th of March