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MVB to Thomas Jefferson, 13 July 1824

My dear Sir,

Yours of the 29th arrived in my absence, ^or would have been made sooner^ I ^would sooner have^ make my sincere acknowledgedment ^of its^ for ^receipt & of^ the honour you have done me ^by it.^. ^xx 2d^ You do yourself but justice in holding it unnecessary at this time of day to engage in "feudings and provings" of personal character ^slanders^," but I am confident that you are not sensible ^my dear Sir^ of half the respect, the reverence & warm affection entertained for you by all the old ^& uncorrupted^ Republicans ^and notwithstanding the late reward for apostasy, you may rest assured that the number of those is yet large & I hope sufficiently ^^so I hope^^ to rescue their country from misrule and save a ^^their^^ cause for which you must always particularly interest from ruin.^ who have not degenerated. and whatever may be apprehended as to their numbers it will I hope be soon known that they are yet sufficiently numerous to save their cause. If my life is spared ^xx 2d^ ^I have <illegible> read^ the Letter ^with much interest & satisfactn & see that it is applied^ will in proper time be applied to its proper use. My first impression was to ask your permission to promulgate in some proper form the falisty, ^of the base insinuations produced & <consequent> malignity ^the <insidious> story for which^ of the Dr. Stewart story ^is quoted^; but upon reconsideration I questioned the propriety of doing so.^x^ Pickerings immediate friends in the east and in other quarters, are labouring to annoy one of our most formidable competitors, ^Mr^ and (however inconsistent his attack upon you ^is with <that> <assistance>)^ profess to be actuated by a spirit of neutrality at least towards us. I have from the begining been well satisfied, (and so informed our friends at Washington) that the support of those Gentlemen is all that we have to apprehend from <them> ^that quar is their favour,^ but our friends ^however^ do not as fully concur in that sentiment, as I could wish. Our Govr. has utterly ruined the little standing he had left, and unintentionally done ^rendered^ us essential service by his proclamation. Its manifest and designed ^manifest object and manifest^ tendency, to distract the Party, has excited a strong disposition in the people to counteract him, & a willingness to give up to that object ^and^ their solicitude for the repeal of the “electoral law.” The Legislature will do nothing that they should ^ought^ not do. The Edwards affair ^conspiracy^ is rapidly producing a favourable impression ^towards Mr Crawford^ upon the public minds ^of the people of this state. Such^ a means ^result^ very desirable and which had hitherto ^x in consequence of various causes) has not heretofore been the case to any great extent^ existed in a very limited extent only; so sucessful has been the misreprentation of his enemies & the policy of the administration aided by other causes.

Mr Adams has hitherto concealed the violent & domineering temper which his father gave him, with wonderful success. ^But ^^it seems^^ he has not been able to hold back ^^out^^ to the end.^ His two last <stops> at Washington are ^to us^ providential and cannot fail to produce great results. You was ^were^ right as it has turned out in your estimate of Mr Monroes course in relation to Edwards. I had no reason to expect so much from him. If at any time & under any circumstances you may think it in my power from my intercourse with the world to contribute to your gratification in even so small a degree, you will confer a favour on me by suggesting it. Have the goodness to make my best respects to Mr & Mrs. Randolph & the young ladies & to accept for yourself the assurance

Of my perfect respect & warm



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Source: DLC Library of Congress
Collection: MVB Papers (DLC)
Series: Series 4 (3 December 1821-31 December 1824)