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MVB to Peter I. Hoes, 31 January [1823]

My dear Sir,

I will say nothing of the severe loss we have all sustained in the death of poor Cantine, that we feel & words can do no good. To take care of the survivors is now the greatest concern & that devolves in a very great degree on us. My part shall be faithfully performed & yours I know will be also. I cannot at present see how any thing can be well saved out of the printing establishment for Mrs Cantine. If I am correct in my supposition that he is greatly insolvent, unless it is done in some way other than a sale of his interest. I do not know either how much has been paid or whether the establishment (if the Legislature should be inclined to favour him who pushed it) is worth more than is due upon it. One thing is at all events important to us viz that if a new State printer is appointed he should take the establishment off our hands so that we get rid of tour ultimate responsibility. I am convinced that if any thing can be done out of it for Mrs Cantine you could arrange it better than myself. I wish therefore you would attend at Albany & consult with Mr Buel Mr Hoit Mr Butler &c & do the best you can under the circumstances.

In haste your

friend

M.V.Buren

The context places this letter in 1823 rather than 1822. 

MVB to Peter I. Hoes, 31 January 1823MVB to Peter I. Hoes, 31 January 1823
Source: DLC Library of Congress
Collection: MVB Papers (DLC)
Series: Series 4 (3 December 1821-31 December 1824)