MVB to Abraham Van Dyck, 28 November 1814

MVB to A[braham] V[an] Dyck, 28 November 1814


It seems to me you are very much disposed to be captious & short with me & I really do not know why or wherefore. As I sure have felt always very friendly to you I am sure you can never have had any reasons for it. Now as I am always averse to sparring or quarrelling about nothing this tartness had better be laid aside.

The plain State of the case is you have had sundry bills of Costs taxed—at nearly half more than what I am satisfyed they ought to be & that taxation it is in my power to correct. Now can I consistent with my duty let these people pay it, ought you to wish to keep it? Certainly neither. You say I taxed my Stansbury costs without notice, was there a single disputed charge & did I ever hesitate to have a retaxation in any case? No never. In those cases the Costs are oppressive. The Supreme Court at their very last term repbrobated the principle they decided upon in these cases. Write me therefore when you will consent to give me a retaxation or that we shall attend to it at Same & let all be right & save me the trouble & your clients the expence of my applying for it.



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