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I have recd. your kind letter and return you many thanks for it. Have the goodness to deliver the enclosed to the Major when he returns. It gave me I assure you heartfelt satisfaction to learn by Major Donelsons letter red. yesterday that your health is so good.
I am delighted with your <Phasion> but I think the publication of them should be delayed for some time & then be published in rapid succession. I wish therefore you would prepare them all & send them to me.
Mr Martin V. B. being overwhelmed in business and up to his neck and ears, in politics as the saying is, this afternoon directed me to write to you in his name, and allege as his reason for the substitution, the pressure of his multifarious affairs, and at the same time give you all the news—real, personal & mixed—civil, criminal and political.
With this you will receive a copy of the Bucktail Bards. Dick Shift you will find in a more respectable dress—and the epistles of Pindar Puff somewhat improved. J Duer is as you know the author of the first and G C Verplanck of the last, as also of the Proligomena &c.
Shortly before I left New York I received your letter of the 30th ult, but being very much engaged in preparing to come here had not time to acknowledge it. You have doubtless seen through the public papers that Mr Skinner has been appointed the Judge and Sutherland the District Attorney.