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MVB to James [Nelson] Welles, 10 September 1800

Dear Friend,

A few minutes are offered to me [by] a Kind Stranger to write to you. This oppertunity I embrace Sir with the most heart felt pleasure in order that I might shew you that absence has not as yet worn out of my mind that Regard which I hope I shall always entertain for you, The Time allowd being so Short it is impossible that I should particlarize but can only inform you that I am yet Blessessed with my ordinary State of health & assure you of my Sincrest Wishes for your prosperity & that of the familiy to which belong. I yet pursue that Study in which I was engaged when you left [. . .] I have [. . .] this moment at your Uncle Welles they are all well & Requested me to write their compliments to you & Family. I Expect you this Winter. Write whenever oppertunity offers & your letters will be Received with Pleasure. Give my Compliments to all the Family. When you write fill a Sheet.

With Sentiments of Respect

& Esteem I am your

Sincere Friend

Martin Van Buren Junr

Letter from Mr.

Martin Vn. Beuren Junr.

Received at Welles's point

in September or October of

the year 1800.

Source: DLC Library of Congress
Collection: MVB Papers (DLC)
Series: Series 1 (5 December 1782-31 December 1811)