Defeat and 1844 Campaign (5 March 1841-31 December 1844): Return to Kinderhook, 1842 national tour, Texas annexation, 1844 Democratic convention, 1844 election.
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I have had the honor to receive your letter inviting me to preside at the Democratic Mass meeting to be held at Albany on the second day of October. For this mark of respect on the part of the Committee of arrangements, and for the very obliging terms in which you have been pleased to communicate it, I return my respectful & very grateful acknowledgements. Having felt myself constrained by... Continue Reading
I should do injustice, as well to yourselves, as to the patriotic citizens you represent, and to my own feelings, were I to withhold my grateful acknowledgments for the kind and complimentary terms in which you have been pleased to invite me to attend the mass meeting of the democracy of Northern New-York on the 11th September—the anniversary of the battle of Plattsburgh. The democracy of... Continue Reading
Dr. G.W. Westcott, a brother-in-law of our lieutenant governor, and as I am informed, an accomplished Dentist, proposes to spend a short time in Alabama. I have not the pleasure of Dr. Westcott's personal acquaintance: I can only speak upon the information of those who know him, and from whose representations I am well satisfied that he is fully entitled to your respect and confidence.
The Dr. & myself have been not a little embarrassed by not seeing or hearing from you. I had shewn him your letter in respect to the payment of $6000 in August & have for the second time made arrangements based upon assurances that I would receive a payment myself, in which I can not be disappointed without serious inconvenience. Let me my dear Sir beg your early & effectual attention... Continue Reading
I have refrained from writing you a single Letter, during the present campaign—and I deeply regret, that I should the first one, which I should have to write, would be one, which gives me as much pain to write, as any which ever came from my pen. I need not tell you, Mr. Van Buren, the feelings which I entertain towards you. Trusted at all times with a kindness, a liberality, a distinction far ... Continue Reading
Sender: Thomas Ritchie
You are deserted. Ritchie, Roane, & Stevenson are all out against you on the Texas question; positively, openly, and unequivocally against you. Arrangements are now, at this very hour, being made to take up some other candidate, and of this be assured if there be a God in Heaven.
I have recd. your check for the balance of the Pew & beg you to accept my sincere thanks for your friendly attention in the matter. I have not to my knowledge ever had a certificate or evidence of the transfer of the Pew to me. If when I get settled I will search my papers but have no idea of finding it.
Sir Joseph de Courcy Laffan, who has been introduced to me as an English gentleman of great respectability; and professing much personal merit, proposes to spend a few days at Washington during the Extra Session. He visits us with liberal friendly feelings, and is sincerely desirous of understanding our Country and its institutions in their true character. His friend has asked letters of... Continue Reading
Recipient: Levi Woodbury
I am fearful that I spoke so indifferently about the $800 as to induce you to believe it altogether unimportant whether I recd. it or not. Indeed I substantially so regarded it when I wrote, but having been now for several weeks in the hands House furnishers and House repairers & gardeners &c &c I find that the payment of that amount to my credit in the Bank of America in this City in... Continue Reading
The use made of your late letter on the subject of the immediate annexation of Texas to the United States, may, it occurs to me, place you in a false position before the Democratic National Convention which is to assemble in Baltimore on the 27th inst. Though opposed to immediate annexation, you avow your readiness if elected President, to obey the will of the people on that subject, as it may... Continue Reading
Sender: Amos Kendall
I have not hitherto had time to say how highly I was gratified by the portions of your work which I have seen. In a word the thing could not have been better done, or more to my liking by human power. I am happy to find that you think well of the letter, as it respects the force with which the views it expresses are stated. That was all the option I had in the matter. Of the expediency of... Continue Reading
The enclosed will explain to you what our friends at Washington want. Govr Marcy thinks that his mode of writing is not the best that could be had for the purpose. <illegible> <illegible> What is desired is, a full statement of my course & character sufficiently comprehensive & accurate to serve as a text Book for our orators, & at the same sufficiently eloquent to impress... Continue Reading
I do not know whether any one from here writes to you, and therefore, though badly fatigued & wearied by the anarchic scenes of yesterday & today I sit down before I go to bed to tell you that we are in the midst of the most reckless and desperate system of political intrigue that I have ever witnessed. It is the first convention of the sort at which I ever was. I shall be sorry to be at... Continue Reading
I have to thank you for your kind invitation to attend a mass meeting of the Democracy of Tennessee, to be held at Nashville, on the 15th of August. It will not, I regret to inform you, be in my power to be with you personally, but you may rest assured that my best wishes will attend your noble efforts to re-establish the ascendancy of Democratic principles in the councils of the nation. This is... Continue Reading