MVB to DeWitt Clinton, 14 November 1812
Nov. 14th 1812
I have seen Mr Jenkins several times since his return, he & his friends are
exc highly pleased with his appointment, I thought it improper immediately to speak to him on the subject, but sent for his brother Seth who desired me to be perfectly easy on the subject & to inform you that the mayor would unequivocally vote for you. There is no possible doubt of it. It is not hower worth while to say any thing about it when the subject is mentiond as you know he is rather a singular man in some respects, but honest & firm.
I have not yet seen Genl. Van Ness but will soon. Least attempts might be made on his son William, who boards at the same house with Genl. Armstrong I have wrote to him (William) by this mail
that informing him of the circumstances under which his father was appointed & cautioning him on the subject. I have several times heard from the General, he is very open & decided
I wish you would ask Mr. Riker to write me the prospects.