MVB to W[illiam] Thompson, 13 September 1819
My dear Sir,
Will you be so good as to make for me to the Inspectors of Court my gratefull acknowledgments for their favour in overestimating the little service it was in my power to render them & to express to them my high sense of the patriotism which actuat[. . .] townsmen & themselves at the late election.
I am happy to be able to assure you that unless the west is more than disordered, unless that noble spirit which has uniformly actuated them in every former crisis of the party is wholly extinct, we shall succeed triumphantly in the ensuing campaign. Indeed our success here is considered certain by us & I believe more than feared by our adversary. I have [n]othing particular to say at the present moment but to request you to communicate to me all the political information as to members &c you have or may get and I will write you frankly & freely whenever any thing can be done of importance in your quarter.