MVB to John W. Taylor, 3 January 1815

MVB to J[ohn] W. Taylor, 3 January 1815

Powells Hotell Schenctady

Dr Taylor,

I am on my way to utica to try Wilkinson & embrace the time afforded me by the severity of a snow storm to drop you a line.

You who know me well must know that I am not much inclined to despondency or much given to fault finding, but my dear sir the complaints of the country are of a nature not to pass unheeded. I have spent two hours with a respectable officer of the army. His conversation has distressed me much.

The recruiting officers are without money, the Goverment without men, & the m men ^(they have)^ must soon be without rations, Spring is approaching, a powerfull enemy on our frontiers, our state subject to being overun by May, & Congress doing nothing but talk. The army bill or rather the militia bill virtually rejected, the Bank bill re-committed. The minority lords of the ascendant & every good & virtuous man in the community ashamed of the & dis mortifyed with the goverment of his choice, the only free goverment on earth. What in gods name is the matter? What do congress mean.

I know from the frankness of your character that if you was in con here & I in congress you would feel it to be your duty to tell me candidly what you thought & felt & what the public though said In that Spirit I assure you, with the most unqualifyed sincerity that as ^far^ forth as I am capable of appreciating b public opinion there never was a public body in this country agt. which mor more odious than the present congress. The universal wish is that the 4th. of march might arrive, & the only hope expressed is, that the next congress may not be like the present

This I assure you solemnly is the opinion of all classes of the Community in this State. I say you emphatically because I insist on my all communications of this kind being confined to you only. For to you I know I can & therefore I ought to speak freely & fully.

Write me if you please to Utica & impart a ray of hope If you can. What are we to do with our Conscription, ought we to go on, if Congress shrink? Would it not be prudent for us also to knock under to the Hartford deacons?

Yours truly



Martin Van Buren

Jany 4th. Recd 11th.

Ansd Jany 12. 1815.

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