Martin Van Buren Letters and Documents, 1814-1858 (NN)

Documents in this collection were originally included in Presidents' Papers. Some of these might have been moved to the James A. Hamilton collection as the finding guide lists 19 letters among other documents. 

Documents in this Collection:

I wrote you a long letter the other day but burnt it in consequence of its having been delayed but one day and that short period having worked an almost entire revolution in the State of things here. At present our affairs are situated thus. Clay & his friends have settled down for Adams. This makes for Adams certain the following States,- five in New England Illinois, Ohio & Kentucky.... Continue Reading
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Enable me to answer this poor fellows letter.
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Recipient: Asbury Dickins
I return you B.’ letter. His feelings are evidently agt us & nothing but the fear of being regarded as a deserter will keep him on the right side. The only way of effecting that in my judgment is, to speak of his going over as a probable event, attributable to the insincerity of his conversion. Unless restricted by you I will in a few days hold that sort of talk to VerPlanck to whom by wright... Continue Reading
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The required information respecting the proposed law shall be furnished in season. You will do yourself great injustice & grievously disappoint me if you do not go with me. No one else goes with me. To enable us to reach Charleston S. Carolina before the races are over, we go on immediately to that place & I propose to <illegible> visit the intermediate places on my return to... Continue Reading
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I have received your letter of the 19th instant, and have placed the same on file. I should be gratified at an opportunity to comply with your request in behalf of young [. . .]es, but there is now no vacancy do which he [. . .] be appointed, nor is there a prospect [. . .] at an early day.
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I enclose you Col. Johnsons letter. The amount wanted for Kendall & Moore will be $3000. In addition to the certificates proposed the lender should require that he be permitted to designate an attorney of Respectability in Kentucky to be paid for this trouble by the <bondman> whose duty it shall be to examine into the sufficiency of the securities and certify them upon his professional... Continue Reading
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However ungallant the speech may be I will never theless say I greatly rejoice in the event you announce. It would be difficult if not impracticable to find the materials for a better match & in this instance the old Lady (Dame Fortune I mean) has certainly not been either blind or in a hurry. Make my best respects to the parties & say how truly I have their happiness at heart. But it... Continue Reading
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If the name of James A Hamilton Esq should be presented to you for the office of Judge in N York I wish to say in his behalf that I believe him fully competent to the discharge of the duties of the place with credit to himself and usefulness to the public. That he is a Gentleman of good standing in the profession in politics sound & devoted to the cause. It will be a source of great... Continue Reading
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Recipient: Nathaniel Pitcher
I yesterday requested you to get Mr Coleman to shew you a note I sent him with my observations. Since that I have seen a letter from him to Mr Cambreling from which it appears that he has very mistaken views upon the subject of the choice of electors. I have drafted a letter for Mr. Cambreling to write to him upon that subject. See both & at the same time suggest to him the propriety of not... Continue Reading
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Mr Van Buren takes pleasure in presenting Mr. Coleman (for whose judgment he has much respect) with a copy of some observations recently made in the Senate of the U. States. Mr. V Buren is aware of the extent to which his views will clash with pre-conceived opinions on the last part of Mr C. but he is nevertheless confident that they will be considered with liberality. If Mr C. could, so forever... Continue Reading
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Recipient: William Coleman
I will satisfy you when I see you that I have not said or done or contemplate any thing upon the subject of the nomination for Gov. that you will not approve. I have given <illegible> to Col Bentons friend Mr. <Magines> from St. Louis a letter to you. He is I believe a warmhearted <Irish> lawyer. I wish you would <make> him at his <cane>. The belief here is that we... Continue Reading
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I have written a long letter to Eaton which I have authorized him to show to Gen Jackson Judge White & yourself. Let Mc Lane know its contents. I have also refered to you in my letter to the Genl. I am very desirous to have you with me in the capacity of which we have spoken. There is nothing in the past to prevent it & the future is full of hope. The only question is as to the best mode... Continue Reading
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I hope sincerely that this will find you quite recovered. Upon the subject to which you refer I have only this to say—for reasons which will be satisfactory to you when I have an opportunity to give them, it would not be safe for me to have any such dealings for with you now & as there may be loss & certainly trouble I cannot advise you to embark in it. I think I will be able to satisfy... Continue Reading
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I have red. your letter & have done as you advisied in regard to my unknown correspondent. Make my best respects to Mrs. H. & say to her how much it grieves me that the message & nothing but the message deprives me of the pleasure of waiting upon her. It never occurred to me until yesterday whilst riding out on horseback (for we have delightful weather here) that it might be agreeable... Continue Reading
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I have been so deeply employed in my message &c. that I have not had time to thank you for the feelings manifested in your last. There is a good deal in your suggestion as to the persons who would be gratified by the appointment of Mr Livingston. But I know those folks well. They are a sort of friends which you may have any quantity when you dont want them but apt to be very scarce under... Continue Reading
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I cannot advise as to the use of the letter until I see it. If you are not willing to send me a copy with directions to burn it after read the matter must rest until I can see you. You have certainly a right to use all lawful weapons to get at the means necessary to do justice to your fathers memory. I beg you to get & send me forthwith such extracts from the correspondence between Genl.... Continue Reading
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I beg you to excuse me for not sooner acknowledging your kind offer in regard to the <Trust> Stock. There is so much <connexion> between all these stock transactions & the operations of the <Governments>, here, & at Albany, that I must keep free from them. I hope you have so managed as to avoid much publicity in the course you have felt it of your duty to take agt. the... Continue Reading
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I wish you would <illegible> read the enclosed letter from me, & seal it, & then write our friend Van Scholten, & send the package to him through the firm of Rogers & Co. It did not enter into my imagination whilst considering your plan in regard to your future course, with the single view of ascertaining what would best promote your own happiness, & that of your family... Continue Reading
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The extreme pressure of my avocations has hitherto prevented me from saying what I ought long since to have done, that I appreciate aright your motives in the letters you have written me upon the subject of the profession & that although we may not agree upon all points I shall never think otherwise than well of your disposition & intentions. The President informed me some days since that... Continue Reading
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I would have answered your first letter immediately but for a dasire to consult Mr. Croswell, who was expected here & has since arrived. The result has satisfied me that neither of the persons spoken of would answer the purpose. You must have a NewYork man well acquainted with Nyork politics. It would perhaps be preferable that the person should be designated by others than myself. There is... Continue Reading
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Enclosed you have a letter from Major Eaton to me & a copy of my reply. enclosed. You will judge by the condition of things when they arrive whether it will be best to deliver the letter or not. If the Cabinet arrangements are made when my letters is are received it will for many reasons be desirable that my inattention to the Majors letter should be attributed to the same cause with his... Continue Reading
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I wish you would hand the enclosed to Major Eaton. It is quite confidential & I wish you to say to him that contrary to my nature I have sent it in the hand writing of my son, from a consciousness of his ^(Mr Es)^ habitual carelessness about his letters; and an apprehension that it might (as heretofore in other cases) find its way into one of the Committee rooms folded up in a petition for in... Continue Reading
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The several letters which I have written to the President through you explain most things of which I would other ^wise^ speak in this. Any mode in which you may think the business of the Department can be best attended to, whether that which is stated in your letter of the 25th, or the one suggested to by me will be alike agreeable. I have recevd a letter from Mr Verplanck to day in which he... Continue Reading
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Your questions are of great delicacy & I shall confidently expect that what I say in reply to them shall be known to but one person besides yourself. It is of vital importance to have a decided majority in the quarter to which you allude, but it is not under the circumstances many ^as^ material how large that majority is. It will be constantly gaining & with good treatment may be made... Continue Reading
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Recipient: John Henry Eaton