U.S. Secretary of State and U.S. Minister to England (4 March 1829-3 March 1833): Jackson’s secretary of state, Eaton affair, minister to England, vice-presidential candidate in 1832 election.
TO THE SENATE AND ASSEMBLY. Gentlemen--The President, with the advice and consent of the senate, has appointed me Secretary of State for the United States, and I have felt it my duty to accept the unsolicited and distinguished honour which has thus been conferred upon me. This decision makes it necessary that I should resign the office of governor of this state, to which I have recently been... Continue Reading
... I understand that the journal of Genl. Dodge of his expedition last year along the skirts of the Rocky Mountains has been published by order of the Senate under the form of a report from the Department of War. I am extremely anxious to see it, just now, and would feel much obliged to you should you have a copy at hand, if you would send it to me.
Joseph Doughty, of the city of New York, having taken his oath, says that, on the 15th July, (more or less,) 1832, he heard Mr. Daniel N. Pope, American consul, say, that the great quantity of vessels arrived in the time of the revolution would cause the freighter, Mr. Aaron Leggett, great losses; that he was much pleased with it; that the house of Aaron was in a very critical situation, and that... Continue Reading
Be pleased to inform me if you have sold the American schooner Consolation, now lying in this river of Tabasco; and if so, permit me to inform you that it is necessary to comply with the requisitions of the law on such occasion, before the sale can be completed, that is, to pay into this office three months' wages for each and every one of the crew, corresponding to the roll of equipage.
This charter-party, indented, made, concluded, and agreed upon, this tenth day of May, in the year one thousand eight hundred and thirty-two, between James Noble, master and agent for the owners of the British barque or vessel called the Miriam and Jane, of Newcastle, of the burden of three hundred and twelve tons, or thereabouts, whereof James Noble is master, now lying in the port of New York,... Continue Reading
Will you do me the favor to inform me whether you inquired into the cause of my late imprisonment; and if so, what were the reasons given for my being confined for upwards of a month without a trial.
The circumstances that have lately occurred, such as my confinement by no civil authority, and also the seizure of the schooner Consolation, and the imprisonment of Captain Johnson, without any excuse given for so doing, is, in my opinion, a matter of sufficient importance for you, as an American consul, to inquire into the reasons of, and I hope you will consider the same; for, as yet, I am... Continue Reading
Accept my thanks for the message of your Governor & the report of a Committee on the acts of South Carolina, they are well written & seem willing to lessen the oppressions of the south & show kind feelings for its suffering, but must have something, to maintain the tariff principle, which is not revenue: They forgot the doings of the British Government or omitted to notice them, that... Continue Reading
Letters from my friends in New York mention a rumour existing there of an attempt to displace Mr Paulding as navy agent, in favour of a Mr. Vanderpool. I can find no grounds for such a rumour here: should there be any thing in it, and should any attempt be made to procure your influence in the matter I would caution you against it. Paulding is a public man, known throughout the nation by his... Continue Reading