Skip to main content
The Papers of Martin Van Buren
Organization of Documents
Definition of an MVB Document
Series 5 (1 Jan. 1825-3 March 1829)
Series 7 (4 March 1833-3 March 1837)
Calendar of Documents
Preferred Citation Guide
Van Buren Biography
Van Buren Timeline
Van Buren Quotes
Sponsors & Contributors
Aka John Randolph of Roanoke
John Randolph to MVB, 4 August 1828
A gentleman whom I met with here, this morning tells me that you made very minute & particular enquiries after me of young Mr Clark of Halifax during his excursion this summer so the north touching my habits and mode of life at home. To which I say, “Come and see.” Mr C. knows no more of my mode of life than you do, nor half so much. My health has been so much worse than it was during the...
John Randolph to MVB, 13 October 1828
Mine I verily believe is the only House in Virginia that ^you^ could visit with out exciting the clamour of the worthies whom you describe. I am so entirely aloof from all the leading & managing people here, that you would have been in no danger of raising the war-whoop of the coalition people ^men^. I am glad to see however, that you have been better employed & I heartily greet you on...
John Randolph to MVB, 16 December 1828
I am highly gratified by your kind remembrance of me & much flattered by the token of it which I received yesterday. You do me no more than justice when you suppose that I think well of your Dutch Ancestors. I have never seen a country that impressed me so deeply with a sense of veneration for those who may be said to have created it, as Holland, in which word I include her confederate...
John Randolph to MVB, 1 February 1829
On returning to my apartment after a few minutes absence, I find Mr Dudley’s card & your very welcome letter. At present we are buried under snow; but as soon as we are thawed, or dug out I shall wait upon your friend in person. I have no doubt that I shall find his merits entirely unexaggerated by your pen. Your message has been so praised by friends & foes (I mean political foes—for I...
MVB to John Randolph, c26 December 1825
I am sorry for the omission but there was enough <illegible> <illegible> ^to^ move without it. I did not receive your note until it was too late or I should have been with you. I have two accusations to make agt. you the one for neglecting to send me the corrected copy of the Speech & the other for taking the shine off of mine yesterday by making one forty times better & one...
1773 June 2
1833 May 24