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MVB to J[ohn] P[eter] V[an] Ness, 3 May 1803

Dr. Friend

I hasten to Inform you that in Columbia The Republican ticket has succeeded for Members of Assembly. The Candidates elected are Stephen Miller Benjmn. Birdsail, Samuel Ten Brouk & my brother James. Kinderhook has done well, The Feds there are most grievously mortifyed at James’ Election[.] Spencer is about removing to Albany, he & Williams had a quarrel at the poll, I am told they Clinched. The Federal Candidates were W. W. Van Ness, Mr. Cose, Pratt, & M. Livingston. Your Residence there would secure to Columbia, that Stability so Desirable, pray are your present Ideas upon this head.

I did expect to have heard from you before The Time. I would like to know ^soon^ your Sentiments, that I might if necessary pursue the remaining alternative. I hope you have Recd. my Letter In answer to your last That precludes the necessity of particularising in this.

In Great haste yours

Most Sincerely

Martin Van Buren

N.B. Your mother is here & is well. Mr. Warden is here also upon a Visit, he says something about your ^not^ writing to him &c

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Source: MoSHi Missouri Historical Society
Collection: Presidents Collection, 1802-1969 (MoSHi)
Series: Series 1 (5 December 1782-31 December 1811)