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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
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 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
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
This Indenture, Made the twenty-eigth day of october in the year of our Lord one thousad eight hundred and eight BETWEEN Tobias D Van Buren & Harmen Vosburgh of the first part, and Martin Van Buren of the second part, WITNESSETH, That the said party of the first part, for and in consideration of the Sum of fifty Dollars lawful money of the state of New-York, to them in hand paid, at or before... Continue Reading
Sender/Author: MVB
To all to whom these Prese[nts] [shall] come, or may concern, I Thomas Turner Esquire, Sheriff of th[e] County of Rensselaer send Greeting: WHEREAS by [virtue of a] writ of Testatum Fieri Facias issued out of the Supreme Court of Judicature of the People of the State of New-York, to me directed and delivered, tested the [. . .] [day] of November in the thirty-third year of the Independence of the... Continue Reading
Recipient: MVB
I am Judge advocate in the tedious trial of Genl. Hull, a member of the Court of Errors, bound to prepare opinions, a Legislator obliged to Step into the Senate Chamber every two or three hours to stop the passage of some wicked law, an attorney of Counsel in the Supreme Cout & Common pleas & Mayors Court, with many other great & important callings and avocations & moreover... Continue Reading
Sender/Author: MVB
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... Continue Reading
Sender/Author: MVB
I have read your letter over & over again, it is plain, sen sensible & interesting. That you have not been to blame I knew & have I hope always admitted. Its effect on my opinion of others I will write more fully hereafter. I enclose you a Letter which I wish you to read & ^seal^ deliver it, & if it is not improper say a few words to the Secty on the subject. The thing has... Continue Reading
Sender/Author: MVB
To all to whom these presents shall come, I Reuben Swift 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 of the People of the State of New York, tested the sixteenth day of January in the year one Thousand eight hundred and Thirteen, at the suit of Cornelius J. Schermerhorn, John J. Schermerhorn &... Continue Reading
Recipient: MVB
To all to whom these Presents shall come, or may concern, I, Thomas Turner Esquire, Sheriff of the County of Rensselaer send Greeting: Whereas by virtue of a writ of Testatum Fieri Facias issued out of the Supreme Court of Judicature of the People of the state of New York, to me directed and delivered, tested the Second day of November, 1811 in the Thirty-sixth year of the independence of the... Continue Reading
Recipient: MVB
Jacob Van Ness Esqr. of Redhook has applyed for the office of Collector for Dutchess county, he has been well recommended & in my Judgment ought to have the office, there being no republican member from that district it is necessary for his friends to apply abroad. Mr Van Ness is in every respect qualifyed to discharge the duties of it well & on the score of services richly entitled to it... Continue Reading
Sender/Author: MVB

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