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MVB to D[avid] E[llicott] Evans, 18 May 1819

Dear Evans,

I received your several communications at Newyork & was highly gratifyed with their contents—for although they did not bring tidings of complete success they afforded the most satisfactory evidence that the desired result must take place at the great & interesting election which takes place next year. You have doubtless seen all our election accounts from this quarter long since in the public papers. By them you will see that we at least have done our duty. That nomination for Senator for this distri (middle) district which you know was ridiculed & stigmatized as at once weak & wicked has met the united & most vigorous opposition of the Federal & Clintonian parties united & has succeeded by a larger majority than we have ever had in the district since its present organization. In the South the opposition is so totally routed that it is not supposed that they will reorganise for district or County purposes. The east will stand well her last election proves but little, the only counties in which the question was fairly & fully put to the test were Rensselaer, Washington & Warren & Jefferson & in all those we have carryed the party, it is a singular fact that there are not five if there is one Clintonian member elected in the State without the assistance of Federalists. In Niagara & Catarajus, they may, in Genesee I should say they were not. From the west alone it is that the household troops derive a gleame of consolation, to me however the election of the west is replete with the most satisfactory assurances of a great and glorious triumph in the approaching contest. Upon the whole I am abundantly satisfyed with the result of this our first effort, an effort which you know was said to be premature &c. In the Senate we will stand as strong as we could possibly wish, more might endanger our harmony & in the assembly we shall have at the very least fifty members—but probably several more. In Joint ballot our majori[ty] will be nearly thirty.

Make my best respects to Mrs. Evans, although I have not the honor of a personal acquaintance with her I feel that we are friends. I took my boys to Nyork with which they were highly delighted, after three weeks hard work I take a Jaunt to the south & east. Write me often & believe me to be

Your very affectionate

friend & very hble Sert


Source: DLC Library of Congress
Collection: MVB Papers (DLC)
Series: Series 3 (17 February 1815-2 December 1821)