MVB to Charles J[ared] Ingersoll, 9 August 1842
August 9th. 42
My dear Sir
The pressure of my engagements since my return must be my apology for not having sooner acknowledged the interesting communications I have recently recd. from you. I sincerely hope you will not fail to make us your long promised visit in the course of the Summer. I can give you more agreeable quarters, I am sure, than are at any time to be found on Penn. Avenue, & particular at this moment of wrangling & small talk in high places. The country appears to expect you to adjourn in a huff, & to be, as ^far as^ my observation extends, as ready to judge correctly of the wisdom & necessity of the step.
My Western tour has been all that you imagine. By figuring to yourself what you saw at Southwark, & the northern Liberties, you will gain a just idea of what my reception by the Democracy was every where. The Whigs were sometimes confused & always more or less embarrassed, though generally respectful. The Democrats always in high, & sometimes uprorious Spirits.
With sincere respect
very truly your
friend & obednt. Servt.