MVB to Charles Edward Dudley, 10 May 1820

MVB to Charles E[dward] Dudley, 10 May 1820

My dear friend,

I am under particular obligations to you for your friendly letters. As my evil genius would have it, I was taken quite unwell when the bad news from the West came pouring in upon us, and, though very sick, was obliged to keep my head up although fit only for the bed. I am now, however, quite recovered, and our friends here have recovered from their first panic and begin to estimate as they ought the extent of their triumph. I was much pleased with the tenor of your letter, it evincing increasing firmness and steadiness in proportion to the difficulties by which we are surrounded. With such feelings there can be no pains or even difficulties in politics. For myself, I think we never had better prospects for another campaign, and notwithstanding my anxiety to get back to my profession I shall enlist again. The Clintonians here are evidently depressed and think Mr. Clinton's success but a poor remuneration for their individual sacrifices. I am wholly at a loss to conceive whence the report of my appointment as minister originated, as I have never thought of it myself. Write me by the next boat. Shew this letter to J. King Esq. I would write him also, but am yet so weak that it is painful to me, and have nothing of importance to say. Tell Mr. Knower he must get my hat ready. Our friends here are pleased with the idea of making Van Derheyden Clerk. Make my best respects to Mrs. Dudley and Miss Sarah, and believe me to be

Affectionately your friend

M. V. Buren

I shall be up next week.

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