MVB to B[enjamin] F[ranklin] Butler, 15 February 1824
Feby 15th 1824
My dear Sir,
I am so pressed for time in consequence of being obliged to attend to the proceedings of the meeting that I can only write to you by this mail & you must shew my letter to Genl. Root & the rest of our friends. We met 68 present & nominated Crawford & Gallatin. The election must be carried in Pensylvania or we cannot in all probability keep it from the house. It was therefore generally agreed that the Vice President ought to come from that State. Gallatin & Rush were the only candidates presented. Agt. the former it can be objected that he is a foreigner though a Citizen before the adoption of the constitution agt. the latter that he was a federalist down to the three first years of Govr Snydrs administration. Our friends thought the last was the worst. Although opposed at first I yielded to that impression & am now convinced that we have done the best. Gallatins nomination will revive old feelings. You will be pleased with our proceedings. Our friends are in high spirits & our enemies dishartend & confounded. All agree that our course has been open bold & manly & that if we have run hazards we are fully compensated for them. The crowd was immense—occasional symptoms
of ^for^ tumult were shewn but they were promptly put down. Many adversary members were in the Gallery & the dependants from the departments &c ^&c^ but the major part were friendly. The Legislature will see that their recommendations has had but little weight on our delegation.