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MVB to Smith Thompson, 23 May 1823

My dear Sir, 

From what Mr Butler tells me it appears that some good friend has attempted to make some mischief between us. Mr Tracy told me that you was in favour of Concklins appointment, in preference to that of Lynch, & from my knowledge of your respect for him, & my opinion of your views, on the subject of a too rapid encouragement, of the class of political gentlemen, to which he belongs, & from the evident impolicy of you advocating the other gentleman I fully believed it. Sensible that the appointment would (as every one for the state, as long as you are a favoured & confidential member of the administration ought to) be attributed to you & sensible ^too^ that in the present state of political ^feeling at^ it would be very unpopular at Albany, I for that & other reasons wrote confidentially, to Albany, advising Beardsley to apply for the place. On my return here I spoke as usual without reserve on the subject, & mentioned to Mr Tillotson in particular, & probably to others, that untill Beardsley's application you was in favor of Concklin to hin preference to the former ^other applicants^. Mr. T. said that had Bs. appointment was owing to you, which I distinctly admitted, & that admission was to no one contradicted. In speaking of your preference for C. over L., considering who the <conexions> of the latter are, the motive of serving you by it, must have been obvious to all who had sense, & were without prejudice. Having now explained this matter, I have to ask seriously & gravely, that henceforth the relations existing between us, be not affected, by any thing that is thought, or said, of me by Mr Monroes connexions in this city. I value those relations dearly & not the less because they have been disinterested. It has been my good fortune through life never yet to have become indebted to any of my friends for essential favours, but if I had been ^had occasion to seek them^ there is certainly no man to whom I would apply with less hesitation & more confidence than yourself.

But if our friendly relations are to depend for their continuance on the influence I deprecate, it would probably save much unavailing vexation to abrogate them at once. This becomes the more important, as the signs of the times, too evidently indicate the approach of a storm, agt. which it is the duty of experienced mariners to guard themselves, & though I say it I hope with due humility, I feel prepared for the blast & willing to meet it. but But let it blow high or blow low I hope I shall always have it in my power to regard you as I now do. Expectation here is on tip toe as to the races. Randolph & <Hampton> & several other southerners are here & Archer & others are on their way. Their boldness has certainly somewhat staggered the confidence of our knowing ones. It is my intention to take a ship from here to Boston &c.

Yours truly 


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Source: MNS Smith College
Collection: Miscellaneous Manuscripts Collection (MNS)
Series: Series 4 (3 December 1821-31 December 1824)