MVB to Sylvanus Thayer, 30 May 1823

MVB to [Sylvanus] Thayer, 30 May 1823

New York


This will be delivered to you by my son Abraham who accompanied by Master Van Antwerp repairs to West Point to join the Academy. I hoped to have come with him and to have had the pleasure of staying with you a few days, but am prevented from doing the former & compelled to defer the latter until July. I hope the boys will so conduct themselves as to fulfil the just expectation of their country. I have endeavored & I hope not unsuccessfully to impress them with a conviction that not only their continuance in the institution but their future character & usefulness entirely depend on their industry & fidelity.

With great respect your obedient Serv't


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