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MVB to [Joel Roberts Poinsett], 12 January 1842 

My dear Sir 

I have recd. your letter, & we are all very thankful for your & Mrs. Poinsetts polite invitation. Considering the distances between the several points to be reached, & the difficulty of going o[ver]land in your country it is at best very doubtful whether the Major & Angelica with their child will be able to reach you. I shall not be delayed by ordinary obstacles, but I confess that in looking at the map I do not find the affair as easy of accomplishment as I had allowed myself to suppose. It seems that there is no way of going from Wilmington to George Town without first proceeding to Charleston. Is this so? & if not, what are the facilities in making the direct trip, or journey, & what is the distance? If the first suggestion is well founded, then, how far is it from George Town to the White House, & how can the distance be overcome, and how far is it from your House to Col. Singletons & what the means of getting along? Please to enlighten me upon these points at your earliest convenience. Remember me most kindly to Mrs. Poinsett, Mr & Mrs Pringle and last not least to my God-daughter, and believe me to be

very truly your 

friend 

M.VanBuren

P. S. I have written to Mr Paulding asking him to join me in Carolina towards Spring, & accompany me to the Hermitage, but have no idea of his doing so.

Well, what the Whigs believed so hard to accomplish in our day, has come about very easily in theirs. The Treaty is broken! Poor devils they are really to be pitied.

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Source: PHi Historical Society of Pennsylvania
Collection: Joel R. Poinsett Papers (PHi)
Series: Series 12 (5 March 1841-31 December 1844)