MVB Papers (DLC)

"The Martin Van Buren Papers, one of twenty-three presidential collections in the Library of Congress Manuscript Division, contains more than 6,000 items dating from 1787 to circa 1910.  The bulk of the material dates from the 1820s, when Van Buren (1782-1862) was a U.S. senator from New York, through his service as secretary of state and vice president in the Andrew Jackson administrations (1829-1837), to his own presidency (1837-1841) and through the decade thereafter when he made unsuccessful bids to return to the presidency with the Democratic and Free Soil parties.  Included are correspondence, autobiographical materials, notes and other writings, drafts of messages to Congress in 1837 and 1838, and other speeches, legal and estate records, miscellany, and family items.

The collection primarily consists of letters received by Van Buren from other individuals, as well as copies, drafts, transcripts, and photocopies of letters written by him.  Correspondents include George Bancroft, Thomas Hart Benton, Francis P. Blair, James Buchanan, law partner Benjamin F. Butler (1795-1858), Churchill C. Cambreleng, John A. Dix, John Fairfield, Azariah Cutting Flagg, Henry D. Gilpin, James Hamilton, Jr., Jesse Hoyt, Charles Jared Ingersoll, Andrew Jackson, Amos Kendall, William L. Marcy, Louis McClane, Richard Elliot Parker, James Kirke Paulding, Joel R. Poinsett, James K. Polk, Thomas Ritchie, William Cabell Rives, Andrew Stevenson, Levi Woodbury, and Silas Wright.

The Calendar of the Papers of Martin Van Buren created by Elizabeth Howard West for the Manuscript Division in 1910 provides a list and index for the general correspondence contained in the original collection up to that date. Some 150 letters received by the Library of Congress after 1910 are not represented in the calendar. These items have been interfiled within Series 2 of the collection. Typescripts of letters can also be found in Series 7, Miscellany.  A finding aid to the current Van Buren Papers collection is available online.

Note that this site is limited to the Martin Van Buren Papers collection and does not include all documents by, about, or related to Van Buren in the Library of Congress.  The Library’s Manuscript Division holds additional Van Buren-related documents pertaining to his family and his long and varied political career in New York and Washington, as well as his role in evolving party politics in his era. These documents are located in the collections of other individuals, including Andrew Jackson, Andrew Jackson Donelson, James K. Polk, William L. Marcy, William C. Rives, Charlotte Cushman, Duff Green, Reverdy Johnson, Andrew Stevenson, and Nicholas P. Trist, and in the family papers of the Blair, Bancroft-Bliss, Henry Clay, Samuel Smith, and Singleton families."

"This collection of Martin Van Buren Papers is arranged into eight series and oversize.  Series 8 of the collection contains the newer additions. These are grouped by the year the addition was received or processed as part of the collection.  The bulk of the collection was captured on 35 reels of microfilm, the scans of which comprise the bulk of this online collection.  A list of the series follows.

https://www.loc.gov/collections/martin-van-buren-papers/about-this-colle...

 

Documents in this Collection:

Under the belief that it is the right of every free Citizen in a free government, to know the opinions of those who aspire to public Station, upon great public questions, as one of your warmest supporters in 1836 & in 1840, & as an unpledged Delegate to the Baltimore Convention, I desire particularly to know your opinions as to the Constitutionality & expediency of immediately... Continue Reading
Recipient: MVB
I have forwarded to the author of the enclosed, a letter addressed to yourself, (as he requests) in behalf of the object he solicits. After dispatching my letter, it occurred to me that I had better present to you his own communication which is a faithful type of its author, clear, strong, direct. He is indeed a most estimable man; and for further knowledge of him if desired, I will refer you to... Continue Reading
Recipient: MVB
Yours of the 11th Ultimo I received a few [. . .] after its date, But have had very little leisure [. . .] since otherwise I should have wrote you bef[ore] and even now I have really no time to writ[e] more than a few lines. I am extreemely happy to see from the g[e]neral tenure of your Letter ^that^ you give an[. . .] convincing proff of your truly republican [prin]ciples, and that you have... Continue Reading
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You possibly suppose that I feel an Indifference, or at least not that ardent sentiment of friendship, towards you which I have always professed. This sentiment Impression may have been made on you from my long silence, but beleive me that is not the case. My Attachment to you is as strong as ever, and anything in my power to serve you I shall always take pleasure in doing. I would with great... Continue Reading
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I have been informed since my arrival in this part of the Country that you have become a zealous advocate for the Clintonian party, those ene[mie]s to the Republican interest & the <full> <Law> ^general welfare^. In addressing you it is unnecessary to enter into a discussion of this subject. You know that Mr Burr is the intended victim of villainy and persecution against which it... Continue Reading
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I have received your letter and shall pay due attention to the notice you have given me on behalf of the representatives of Robt. Vn. Deusen. The shares of the different proprietors representing the patentees will be liquidated in the course of this week. With respict to the share of the patentee Johannis Van Deusen, so far as one third of it is claimed by the representatives of his son, the late... Continue Reading
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Notice is hereby given that an Election in the Town of Kinderhook, for the purpose of Electing a Representative to Congress, (in consequence of a notice received from the Sheriff of the County of Columbia ordering an Election to be held by [no]tice of the Governors proclamation) to fill the [. . .] [d]esignee [. . .] the Sixth District of this State Composing the Counties of Columbia and... Continue Reading
I regret that I have only recd. your letter of the 18th. this moment & consequently too late to try your note at the Bank this day. I omitted sending to the post office on monday & was prevented from doing it yesterday, in consequence of a singular circumstance which occurred to me personally. I was unexpectedly attacked by a man who was walking behind ^me^ down State Street yesterday... Continue Reading
Recipient: MVB
It is proposed by the Travellers Turnpike Company, to lay out the road no farther this Fall than to my house. By the act we are required to commence operations within two years. The question now is whether laying out a part of the road only, and working a part, will be within the act. And it also requires a map to be filed of the rout as adopted by the Commissioners. Can a map of part be filed at... Continue Reading
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I wish you would send me by the <bearer> en[cl]osed the original draft of the Letter I asked you for at Mr Swarts. You may rely on my honour for its return without disadvantage to you ^in consequence of sending it to me^ in any state of things. I hope the Col: will not be in a hurry as I shall wish to see him soon. To this application I presume there can [be] no objection as I gave you Mr... Continue Reading
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I am under the necessity of going from home to day and will not return till tomorrow afternoon I wish therefore that you would come in on Tuesday.
Sender: MVB
I have a short time since returned and will see you at my office or such place in town as you shall suggest ^appoint^. I send this to Mr Williams presuming that you are there if in town. My clerk informs me Mr H. has rode down
Sender: MVB
The President & Directors of the Phoenix Company met this day at 12 oclock and passed a resolution, instructing Capt Macy not to vote on their Proxy, without the concurrence and approbation of the President. This will be pleasing intelligence to you, no doubt, as it will probably save, an important and useful institution, from destruction. I have much interesting information to give you, but... Continue Reading
Recipient: MVB
I received a letter from Genl Thomas a few days ago, stating that he would be in Hudson on thursday next, and requesting that I would meet him there on that [da]y. I shall not be up in Season & therefore will thank you to hand him the enclosed letter when he arrives in Hudson.
Recipient: MVB
Enclosed is a notice which I received for you. In your affair with Sudam you conducted with perfect honor. Every brave honorable man must approve of the course which you took. Let me hear from you & be assured of my unabated regard
Recipient: MVB
Judge Dorr has certainly a right to demand security for the money I owe him, and I have no disposition either to complain of the course he Seems to have adopted, or to evade a compliance with his wishes. From whatever source his alarms may have arisen, or by whatever means produced, be assured that I shall have no difficulty in removing them. I can however make no definitive arrangement on this... Continue Reading
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Coll J R Van Rensselaer was Yesterday at Walters on his way to Rhinebeck Flatts He informed Walter so he tells me Edwd P Livingston Esqr. Would be a Candidate for the Senate In opposition to you & that the Federalists Would give him a Warm & Vigorous support Which with the support he would have of the Republicans In the District Would Elect him He ^Coll R.^ was last Eveng at Jaques’s I... Continue Reading
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I intimated in a post script to my last communication to you & Mr. Miller, that proper measures would be adopted to further the election of our Regular Senatorial Candidate. On monday last our County meeting was held at usual place, and it was unamously resolved to support the candidate, named at Hudson. The party in Dutchess will, I believe, move in a solid column on this subject. Jacob... Continue Reading
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Mr Reynolds has this moment arrived from Newyork where he has been to consult with Mr Emmet on the subject of the causes of The People V. Van Tassel & Williams and informs me that the result of that consultation is the opinion of Mr Emmet the preparations they have been able to make are not sufficient to warrant the trial of the cause at the approaching circuit, with a hope of having that... Continue Reading
Sender: MVB
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I approve of your determination to be a Candidate for the office of Atty Genl although we shall all be removed. Your appointment will be another proof of the force of our party;. & It will shew that we remain unbroken notwithstanding the hints of the Albany Republican & it will have a good effect even at Washington. Depend upon it we must not give up an inch of ground. I need only add... Continue Reading
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Genl. Brock is opposite & commands. He has this moment sent a Summons to surrender Detroit. States that he shall not be able to restrain the savages. I wish you to return with your detachment as soon as possible.
I inclose you the Subpoena agt. Judge Wood as you will perceive not served, when at Aurora left the subpoena with Mr. <illegible> who at that time thot: it might be altered, altho I expressed to him my thoughts ^doubts^ as it was issued by the Clerk himself; I regret the circumstance but hope you will acquit me of any negligence, as the letter covering it did not come to hand until Saturday... Continue Reading
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This will be handed to you by Mr. Corlis of this City who goes in our behalf as a Witness He will prove satisfactorily all you want. The death of Walter Franklin his heirs &c and thereby enable you to sustain all your suits except those for the Hake Lots. I send you the following deeds which I have procured from Dr Livingston and which are all he had to wit, a Deed from the Trustees of Dubois... Continue Reading
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A Summons has been sent to you for a man by the name of Hyer as a Witness in the cause of the U. States <agt>. Wm Genl Wm. Hull. To enable you the more the readily to discover him I enclose you ^a copy of^ the original Letter to the Secretary at War in consequence of which he was directed to be summoned Permit me to hope that the earliest attention will be paid this business & that the... Continue Reading
Sender: MVB
Sheer necessity must be my apology for attempting to impress you for once into the service of a correspondent, for the want of my accustomed number of which I am almost in a state of starvation for political news from Albany. I am now just about as ignorant of what is, may, or ought to be doing at head quarters, as though I was just dropt into the state from the moon. I know of nobody from this... Continue Reading
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The great service and gratification afforded me by your letter demand[ed] my warmest thanks, and merited my acknowledgements before this. Accident has prevented my writing for two or three days past. You will have perceived that I made liberal use of it, but the writer is not known, and no imprudent disclosure will ever be made by me of a the source of any similar information. I was for some days... Continue Reading
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