MVB to John Van Ness Yates, 26 December 1821
MVB to J[ohn] V[an] N[ess] Yates, 26 December 1821
Decr 26th 1821
I will send you the census as soon as they are distributed which will be in a few days. The Bankrupt bill will I think certainly pass. I shall be glad to hear from you at all times. I think you speak rather haltingly about the new constitution how is that? Have you discoverd that those who were the least violent in the convention were the most prudent to say the least of it. I wish you would ask Mrs. Yates to give me from time her opinions as to the views & actions of my <kind> of friends Skinner, Livingston H. Yates ^and of State politics in general^ &c &c. It is but justice to her to say that I would place more confidence in her observations and opinions than in those of almost any other person in your good City. It would afford her employment for an idle hour & me much gratification. For although I have had my fill of the politics of Newyork I certainly feel alive to your movements & your men
have are all in so great a degree governed by selfish motives that I can place but little confidence in your opinions. Nothing new here except a quarrel betwen the British & French ministers the particulars of which I have written to Mr Dudley. My health is perfectly restored & I am fully convinced that this climate will agree well with me.
My best respects to Mrs
Yates & Jane
Let me know from time to time if you please how the election goes on.
From M. Van Buren
Decr. 26. 1822