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MVB to Jacob R[utsen] Van Rensselaer

Sir,

At a meeting held at the house of Jonas Miller in the town of Granger previous to the last election you asserted–that you could prove in a court of Justice that I had ^written^ a letter last winter to a member of the Legislature “conjuring him to present a report on the petition of Henry Avery & others as matters were working well in the manor and that we would save several hundred votes by it," and you pledged yourself as the Words were not actionable that you would when called upon deposit $500 to be recovered by me as damages in case you failed on the trial to prove the truth of the allegation.

Willing Believing that you had been imposed upon and being unwilling to continue after the election the Bickering and altercations which the election ^it^ produced I felt a disposition to overlook the circumstances the frequent repetition of the injurious imputation in the Nothern Wig and the the countenance and support given to it by others have changed that disposition and rendered it necessary to call on you to redeem the pledge you made—in doing which I am persuaded there will be no hesitation on your part.

I shall feel it my duty as it is my inclination to facilitate the investigation of this subject and will therefore be ready at any time to do what is necessary to promote it.

Yours hble Servt

M.V.Buren

Copy: to J V Rensselr

Manor Affair

Source: DLC Library of Congress
Collection: MVB Papers (DLC)
Series: Series 1 (5 December 1782-31 December 1811)