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The bill authorizing the raising of twelve thousand men in this State has become a law. It now becomes necessary for congress to act upon it and until they do so the Governor will not commence the organization of the corps I cannot conceive on what grounds the U. S. can for a moment hesitate to accept of the troops on the terms we offer them. This State will expend using of two millions out of... Continue Reading
Sender/Author: MVB
The Republican members of the Legislature have had a meeting here & with great unanimity nominated the Vice President as our candidate for Gov, of which notice has been sent to him. Some of our friends think it is dangerous to support him under existing circumstances and all apprehend that he may decline & that his doing so would throw us into great confusion unless we could be authorized... Continue Reading
Sender/Author: MVB
Recipient: Rufus King
Our Legislature convened again on tuesday and are proceeding with composure and propriety. The convention bill has been discussed for two days and will tomorrow be rejected, it requiring you know two thirds to pass it. The whole subject will then be recommitted to a select committee who will probably report a bill authorising the sense of the people to be taken at the Spring election and if they... Continue Reading
Sender/Author: MVB
Recipient: Rufus King
I had hoped to see you here before we rise but as we shall without doubt adjourn in a few days & we do not hear of your coming, I cannot promise myself that pleasure. The papers have informed you of all that has been done, on the stage which I hope you may be able to approve. What has passed behind the scenes they have not spoken of because they were not advised. Still there has been a great... Continue Reading
Sender/Author: MVB
I have received yours covering your communications to Washington for which I sincerely thank you. Whatever may ^be^ the result I can now have no hesitation in believing that the circumstance of having my name mentioned must be highly advantageous to me. On the other side you have a copy of the letter rcd. to day from the Secretary. I am sorry for the delay for it increases the difficulties of my... Continue Reading
Sender/Author: MVB
Recipient: Rufus King
Yours of the 28th. I have this day received. If as you supposed you owed any duty to the public in relation to this matter, it appears to me that what you have already done, amounts to a full discharge of it, as it certainly does in the most ample manner of the claims of private friendship. With the President I do not see that any farther communication can with propriety be had; & Mr. As... Continue Reading
Sender/Author: MVB
Recipient: Rufus King
I am not surprized by the Receit of your letter of the 18th instant not only have the Proceedings at Washington been vacillating, and as I believe unprincipled; but the Correspondence of Mr S. T. has been so extraordinary, that were the case my own, I should in reply observe much Caution, with a decided Reserve, especially upon the Subject, concerning which, there has been on his part an... Continue Reading
Sender/Author: Rufus King
Recipient: MVB
It is difficult, if not impossible for one who is not acquainted with the views, & Combinations of the executive Power, to form a correct ^opinion^ or to give unqualified advice, respecting a particular appointment, which in itself may be not only expedient, but excellent; yet when viewed in connection, with other appointments, with which it may be combined, and of which it may form the only... Continue Reading
Sender/Author: MVB
Foreseeing that it would not be practicable for me to attend to the argument of the Eden cause here, I gave Mr Griswold notice thereof, & advised him to see that Webster was secured. I am happy to find that that has been done. All the assistance I can give him, by way of conference, it will be cheerfully given, & that without compensation, but I cannot take upon myself the responsibility... Continue Reading
Sender/Author: MVB
Recipient: Aaron Burr
Yours of the 12th was received at the moment of my departure for Columbia where I have since been confined by indisposition. I have however entirely recovered & in a few days go next on some private business. The fact of the offer of the mission to you had been previously communicated to me & I am happy to learn that you have found no objection to its acceptance. When will you go. If it... Continue Reading
Sender/Author: MVB
Recipient: Rufus King
When at Chenango I found that our friend Lot Clark had come to the conclusion that his old quarters did not present a field of such dimensions for his encreasing fame & had therefore concluded to <renown> from there to Oswego or some other place. His professional standing I was pleased to find much higher than I had supposed it to be. Judge Nelson told me that he was decidedly at the... Continue Reading
Sender/Author: MVB
I take the Liberty to address you the subject of the presidential Election as we have no paper printed in this county in favour of General Jackson Much has been said against his morral carracter, and as ^I^ feel much Interested in his favouer I should be glad of all the Information I can get, it has been told to me by some of our friends that Mr Jackson is a good morral and pious man and is... Continue Reading
Sender/Author: Matthew Warner
Recipient: MVB
I have been prevented by the extreme pressure of my busines from making an earlier acknowledgement of the receipt of your friendly letter. It contained the first intimation I received of Mr Browns Book. Since which he has sent me a copy but I have not had time to read it. The apprehension that the Republican Party of Newyork can be involved in the contest between the supporters and opponents of... Continue Reading
Sender/Author: MVB
I had anticipated the difficulties you have had to contend with, & have endeavored to appease Mr <Meigs> who feels very sore. Forsythe will be up in June & I will show him your letter. Things have not worked favourably in this respect, but we cannot always do all we wish. The President will be here about the first of June, & go as far east as Portland, thence across to... Continue Reading
Sender/Author: MVB
I shall, accidents excepted be down about the 20th., & will bring my two sons with me, the oldest to indulge him a little & then send him to West Point, & the next to leave at Jamaica; provided a letter which I expected before this, to have received from Mr. John A King should warrant my doing so. I want very much to visit Boston, but am equally anxious to avoid the imputation of... Continue Reading
Sender/Author: MVB
Recipient: Rufus King
I enclose you a report which I am told is highly satisfactory to our friends & annoying to our enemies. I have written rather a scolding or fretting letter to the Secy of the Navy to day in the hope of rousing the torpid & hair splitting men at W. to take ground in our favour & have omitted to speak as favorably of our prospects as I might with to propriety have done. I can with... Continue Reading
Sender/Author: MVB
Recipient: Rufus King
I have only time to say that since the receipt of yours I have seen the Vice President & stated to him what I understood was reported as his opinion on the Missouri question & he informed me that he had never entertained or expressed the sentiments attributed to him. That he did not think that the restriction unconstitutional nor had he ever questioned its expediency. At some future day I... Continue Reading
Sender/Author: MVB
Recipient: Rufus King
Yours of the 25th. & 28th. have been duly received & I return you my thanks for your prompt attention to a subject so interesting to us. There has been a degree of coyness between our friends on this subject which has been troublesome to me. I was in hopes it would be peculiarly in your power to dispel it, as I know the extent of their confidence in & the warmth of their friendship... Continue Reading
Sender/Author: MVB
Recipient: Rufus King
Yours of the 1st I have this moment received. Mine to you, received before this, will excuse my seeming negligence in not acknowledging the receipt of yours containing the enclosure, although I fear it will still leave me deficient in not expressing with sufficient strength the extent of obligation conferred on me by the matters contained in that enclosure. There must be some mistake in the... Continue Reading
Sender/Author: MVB
Recipient: Rufus King
On the other side you have a Copy of a letter this day received from the Secretary of the Navy with a sketch of one I propose to send in answer on which I wish your advice. It is evident that Monroe is averse to going the whole length to which is young advisers in Nyork wish him to go & that to rescue himself from the embarrassment in, which he is placed Mr Thompson has some how been induced... Continue Reading
Sender/Author: MVB
Recipient: Rufus King
The enclosed Letter will explain to you what we wish. The Vice President is apprized that a copy has been sent to you, as you will see. If he has left Washington, you will see the propriety of sending a speedy answer. That answer must be, My Dear Friend, that in the event of the Vice President's insisting, upon it, you will consent to our wishes. In no other event do we urge it. You will see, how... Continue Reading
Sender/Author: MVB
The Republican members of the Legislature held their caucus last night on the subject of Senator to Congress and after a fair temperate & manly debate unanimously concured in the nomination of your hble. Servt. for that place. On the ballot the Votes were for Mr Sanford 24 for myself 58—one of Mr. S. friends and six of mine were absent. The appointment takes place on Tuesday, the utmost... Continue Reading
Sender/Author: MVB
Perhaps I was not as explicit on the subject of my last letter as I ought to have been. The Vice President has no doubt of the constitutionality of the restriction, attempted to be imposed on the admission of Missouri nor of the expediency of doing so. His sentiments have always been so & although he could not feel it proper to volunteer his opinion on the subject he would have no hesitation... Continue Reading
Sender/Author: MVB
Recipient: Rufus King
To all to whom these presents may come, I John C. Hogeboom Sheriff of the County of Columbia send Greeting: Whereas by virtue of one writ of fieri facias issued out of the Supreme Court of Judicature for the State of New York tested the sixteenth day of August in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and six at the suit of Theron Rudd and John Brush to me directed, commanding me that of... Continue Reading
Sender/Author: John C. Hogeboom
Recipient: MVB
This Indenture made this fifth day of october, one thousand eight hundred and nine, Between Jacobus Van Deusen of the first part & Martin Van Buren & William Pulver of the second Witnesseth that the said Jacobus, for and in consideration of the sum of one Dollar to him paid & also for Divers other Good causes of Consideration Since thereunto moving hath granted Bargained & sold ... Continue Reading
Recipient: MVB
I feel in a very bad humour or I would give you the reasons at lenght why the application I now make to you is unpleasant, but will in one Word say that the middle district has never been ^truly^ represented at Washington & untill I am satisfyed that the Secretaries & President have changed their disposition on the point of listening exclusively to the recommendations of John P. Van Ness... Continue Reading
Sender/Author: MVB

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