[MVB], Proposed Answer to [Smith Thompson], [c18 July 1823]
"I am not sufficiently informed of the (State of the Presidents mind) ^the State of
the facts^ to enable me to reply make an answer satisfactory to myself to the question proposed in yours of the 11th. instant. It appears to me however that It can ^is competent for me to^ obviate the difficulties in your course arising from what has passed between us. In this belief and to this end I declare with perfect sincerity, that it is my earnest wish that you should take the place, & assure you that I will never in the slightest degree blame you for so doing.
I am not sufficently informed to enable me to say how I should think it my duty to act if I was in your place. As it respects myself however I have no difficulty in doing every thing in my power to relieve you from embarrassment. To this end I freely & sincerely declare that it is my earnest wish that you should take the place & that I will never in the slightest degree blame you for so doing