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MVB to Peter B[uell] Porter, 5 March 1817


Immediately on the receipt of Swartwouts letter, we announced you as our candidate, it is received with unusual satisfaction. You have now rallyed round you the great body of the party, a host of independent and highminded men who are ^not^ dragooned or influenced by any other consideration than that of principle. Every effort will be made to get you to decline. No means will be left unessayed to effect that object. This is the way & the only way in which they hope to succeed, but such a thing I know is out of the question, it would create a degree of exasperation without precedent. The party is alive & will do its duty, Cayuga, Seneca, Ontario Onondaga &c. are beyond all doubt unusually united, a resolution simply that if DeWitt Clinton was regularly nominate[d] they would support him, was offered at the Western district convention and refused by the counties above stated.

They have been tampering with Swift & Bates & will approach you through them perhaps. I will tell you some curious things as to them, our majority is unimpeached. Albany & Rensselaer are in arms. Col & Greene are safe.



M Van Buren

5. Mar. 1817

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Source: NBuBE Buffalo and Erie County Public Library
Collection: Peter Buell Porter Papers (NBuBE)
Series: Series 3 (17 February 1815-2 December 1821)