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Jacob Barker to B[enjamin] F[ranklin] Butler, 17 June 1818

Dear cousin

I wrote you yesterday morning a very hasty scrawl which my clerks had not time to copy before the Boat went off I therefore sent in its original crude state, & being engaged with a party of ladies to go after strawberrys this afternoon at Harlem where they are very abundant I have not time to repeat what I then wrote I hope you will understand it & be enabled to make the wished for arrangement. I enclose you a letter for the old President containing some hints how he had best deport himself in case the allied powers should commence a heavy siege, of this you will not say any thing I send it open that you may know my ideas on the subject in case a demur should happen which I hope and trust will not take place.

Judge Spencer talks about Jenkins for U.S. senator if he persists in this I will endeavour to make some interest for myself, can you assist me. I prefer the Judges going but I hope no other of the <clan> will be selected, Armstrong I am always in favor of for the Presidency or any office of less importance, he being out of the question I will <illegible> ^<illegible>^ for myself if the Judge should advocate any other than himself with him I could not interfere, but do all I can to promote his success if he declines, and if our ^Madisonian^ friends should not be disposed to support me name to me a good Madisonian & I will endeavour to aid his election as Jenkins & all such men must be defeated, consider this confidential, further than may be necessary for you to impart to the Attorney General to ascertain his opinion.

With esteem

I am your assured friend.

Jacob Barker

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Source: N New York State Library
Collection: Benjamin Franklin Butler Papers (N)
Series: Series 3 (17 February 1815-2 December 1821)